Sunday, May 5, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
Irving Park Fine Arts Committee Presents The Matthew Beck Trio May 5, 2 p.m.
In the final concert of its 30th season, the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee will present The Matthew Beck Trio performing Clarinet Trios of Brahms and Beethoven on Sunday, May 5th. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave. The trio is comprised of clarinetist Beck, cellist Allison Chambers and pianist Stephen Uhl.
Matthew Beck is a Chicago based multi-instrumentalist and educator. He has performed in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, and throughout the United States. Specializing in classical saxophone, Beck has played with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in theater productions with such renown companies as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Marriott Theatre, Music Theater Works, The Mercury Theater, The Paramount Theater and Porchlight Music Theater.
Beck currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Elmhurst University, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Aurora University, and Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Morton College. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from Elmhurst University, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Chicagoland native Allison Chambers fell in love with the cello at the age of nine. She enjoys an eclectic musical career of teaching, orchestral playing, and chamber music. Allison is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and presently performs with the South Bend Symphony and Illinois Symphony Orchestras. Allison has collaborated with artists and organizations including Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago Fringe Opera, Jetoj Music Series, and Kenny Loggins. She has spent her summers conducting a European concert tour with the Buffalo Grove High School Orchestras, performing with Chicago Summer Opera, and concertizing across wine country with Festival Napa Valley. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Elmhurst College and a master’s degree in cello performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Chicago native Stephen Uhl completed his Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in the Spring of 2017 at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Prior to earning his Artist Diploma, he received his M.M. from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. His playing has received critical acclaim from The Reporter as well as John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune. In the Spring of 2017, he formed the Ostrega Uhl Project with violinist Brian Ostrega. The duo performs a wide range of repertoire, provides a platform for other young musicians, and raises awareness of social justice.
As pianist, organist, and chorister, Stephen has been heard on WFMT on multiple occasions. His improvisational journeys have taken him to places as diverse as the Curitiba Opera House, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to multiple Chicago jazz venues. He has had the privilege of collaborating with improvisers including Mark Colby, Pharez Whitted, and Ben Dillinger. He is a Collaborative Artist at Elmhurst University and an avid scholar of liturgical music, Stephen is the Organist at The Union Church of Hinsdale.
Fine Arts concerts are free, although the audience is invited to make a donation. This season is supported with a generous bequest from the late Doris Peterson, a long-time Fine Arts Series patron. Now in its 30th season, the Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series was founded in 1994 by Roger Bingaman, Director of Music at Irving Park Lutheran Church. The intent of the series is to bring high quality, professional music to the northwest side of Chicago, free of charge. The series is a program of Carlson Community Services, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. For more information, contact Roger Bingaman at 773.267.1666.