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Friday, September 29th... 7:30 PM

From Mozart to Motown:
A Recital of Solo & Duo Pieces

J. Patrick Rafferty, violin
Erin Rafferty, viola

Come enjoy an evening of wide ranging pieces for solo violin and violin/viola offered by J. Patrick Rafferty on violin and daughter Erin Rafferty on viola.

The program will include Mozart's Duo no. 1 in G Major for Violin and Viola, Meditation On the First Prelude of J.S. Bach, The Beatles, and a mix from the 20th century American songbook.

J. Patrick Rafferty served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1991. He previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony for eight years, and as Concertmaster for the Dallas Bach Orchestra, the Dallas Fine Arts Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.

An accomplished chamber music performer as well as an acclaimed solo and orchestral artist, violinist J. Rafferty joined the internationally acclaimed Louisville String Quartet in 2005 as first violinist.  He also maintains commitments with the Cadek Trio, whom he joined in 1991.  His national reputation as an outstanding chamber musician has been built on his association with such ensembles as the New Marlboro Chamber Players, the American Chamber Trio, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Walden Chamber Players.
While maintaining his active performance schedule, Rafferty has successfully built a respected teaching career.  He has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Alabama, and has recently finished his 12-year tenure as Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville, where he was first violinist with the Louisville String Quartet and a founding member of the Grawemeyer Players. He now resides in Chicago, where he performs with the Chicago Philharmonic and Music of the Baroque, as well as maintaining a private teaching studio.

Erin Rafferty is an active orchestral and chamber violist throughout the Midwest. She currently holds positions with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (Principal), Orchestra Iowa (Assistant Principal), and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She previously served as Principal Viola and as a Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing with such conductors as Riccardo Muti and Nicholas Kraemer, and collaborating regularly with Yo-Yo Ma. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, and the Evansville Philharmonic.

Erin has spent her summers at several prestigious festivals, including the Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Domaine Forget, and Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy.

Fascinated by the challenge and living spark of new music, Erin was a founding member of the electro-acoustic ensemble Second/Cycle, as well as a member of Chicagos Fonema Consort. She has been a featured soloist at Electronic Music Midwest and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. She has previously been a member of Indiana Universitys New Music Ensemble, where she collaborated with David Dzubay, Frederic Rzewski, and Joan Tower. Other chamber music performances have included collaborations with Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, and a residence at the Lexington (KY) July Project. 

Saturday, October 7th... 7:30 PM

An Evening of Persian Music:
Members of the Pezvhak Ensemble

Behfar Bahadoran, tar
Reza Sarlak, tombak
Siamak Sepasa, voice

Members of the Pezhvak Ensemble will bring the sounds of Persia to The Musical Offering on Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 PM.

This program is mostly an improvisation on the contemporary techniques and patterns of Persian/Iranian classical music rooted in the classical modes of Persian music known as Radif. Two well-known Persian instruments - Tar (a long necked lute) and Tombak (goblet shaped percussion) - will perform in duet accompanied by vocalist who will use techniques specific to Persian classical styles.


Behfar Bahadoran is a musician from Iran and has received his bachelors of fine arts in painting from Maryland Institute College of art.  He moved to the United States in 2005 and developed his career as a musician and a music instructor in the first two years. He has performed at many prestigious venues including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Freer Shackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City and many more.

Reza Sarlak was born in Aligodarz, Iran. His passion for music started at an early age of six encouraged by his parents. He began learning how to play Tonbak (known as the principal percussion instrument of Persian music) under the tutorship of Hassan Rezaei and Majid Hesabi. At the age of eleven, he was awarded the best young soloist award at the Fajr festival. His interest in Tonbak coupled with his passion to perform motivated him to further his studies and he begin studying under music masters Bahman Rajabi and Nasser Farhangfar. Over the years, Reza has performed before wide audiences both at home and abroad. He has given numerous concerts with some of the most celebrated and highly praised ensemble of musicians and performers. In 2014, he joined the Pezhvak ensemble and held concerts in California, Washington DC, and New York. In 2016, he released an album with great masters, Fakhri Malekpour and Mozaffar Shafei. Reza has PhD in Electrical Engineering and is living in Chicago now.

Siamak Sepasa is a Persian classical crossover vocalist and singer-songwriter. He was born in Iran and started his musical training in both Radif and Middle Eastern traditions at the age of 9 under Dr. Meysami's supervision, master of the Santur, following by learning voice principles from his father. Afterwards, he started learning persian traditional vocal Avaz under supervisions of great Radif vocalists such as Ahmad Ebrahimi, Nasrollah Nasehpour, Ali Saeedi and Hamidreza Nourbakhsh and gained knowledge of Avaz techniques. Alongside perform and compose with several ensembles including Hourvash Ensemble, the Siamak Sepasa Ensemble, and others, he has participated in several music festivals and was praised to perform in Chamber Music Campania in Italy. 


General Admission -- $12.00

Non-Students (with photo ID) -- $7.00

MO Students -- FREE

Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Phone 847-866-6260 or email 


General Admission -- $25.00

Non-Students (with photo ID) -- $15.00

MO Students -- FREE

Advance tickets are availble via Brown Paper Tickets.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Phone 847-866-6260 or email 

Wednesday, October 11th... 7:30 PM

Mark Twain's America:
A Concert of Vintage, Traditional and Classical American Music from Twain's Day

Jacqueline Schwab, piano

Jacqueline Schwab is a folk and classical improvisational pianist who plays "gorgeously spare piano" (The Boston Globe) yet "sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips" (Sing Out). Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public TV documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy
award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others.

Jacqueline's signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and new age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Jacqueline's inspirations are traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach's dance suites, 19th century parlor piano, and the turn-of-the-20th century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters.

For her concert at The Musical Offering, Jacqueline will perform her arrangements of American heart songs and dance tunes, honoring the improvisational spirit of historical community music, with fresh modern sounds. Her program will include Stephen Foster and Civil War parlor songs, Victorian ballroom music, Scots and Irish fiddle tunes, hymns and spirituals, and ragtimeplus vintage Latin waltzes and tangos, classical pieces, and more. Mark Twain called tunes remembrancers. Jacqueline will speak about them, sharing her love for the power of music to transport us into our own past and also on to new horizons full of exciting new possibilities.

Saturday, October 14th... 7:30 PM

Mobile Variations

Krzysztof Wolek and Ryan Ingebritsen



Composers and Electronic Performers Krzysztof Wolek and Ryan Ingebritsen met in 2001 at a week long composition workshop in Stuttgart.  Ingebritsen was on a year of Fulbright study in Krakow, Poland and Wolek just finishing his studies in Katowice.  They became fast friends and soon after both found themselves in Chicago, Ingebritsen starting his career in the Chicago underground and experimental music scene and Wolek attending the University of Chicago.t was often joked that with the distance between them in Chicago - Ingebritsen mostly living and working on the north side and Krzystof busily carrying out his studies on the U of C's South Side Campus - that they saw each other more often in Poland than they did in Chicago.




General Admission -- $18.00 ($20 at the door)

Non-Students (with photo ID) -- $12.00 ($15 at the door)

MO Students -- FREE

Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Phone 847-866-6260 or email 


General Admission -- $15.00

Non-Students (with photo ID) -- $10.00

MO Students -- FREE

Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Phone 847-866-6260 or email 


Ryan Ingebritsen
Sam Scranton

Details announced soon.


Ursa Ensemble

The Chicago-based Ursa Ensemble’s mission is to present unexpected and engaging chamber music concerts that are designed to improve the audience listening experience, energize local arts communities and cultivate new audiences.


Ursa is planning a program featuring Stravinsky's Soldier Tale Suite for violin clarinet and piano, Beethoven's eyeglasses duet, and a work commissioned from Jordan Jenkins.