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Plein Air Concert Series: Nathalie Colas & Eugenia Cheng

Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.

$30 Members • $45 Non-Members

On-site • 810 N Dearborn St.

Our Plein Air Concerts return to our jewel-box courtyard! Enjoy an hour of music with your friends while sipping rosé wine in an intimate setting. We cover the range from jazz to chanson, and classic songbook to mélodie française. Featuring renowned Chicago entertainer Greta Pope; the French jazz woman, harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier; and Nathalie Colas, the silky soprano and music advocate born in Strasbourg.

Tonight’s program: Femmes Compositrices, leurs Voix dans la Mélodie Française

Join Soprano Nathalie Colas and pianist Eugenia Cheng for an evening of Mélodies Francaises by women composers, such as Cecile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger and Pauline Viardot. The last enchanting evening of our Plein Air Concert Series In our courtyard!

Door opens at 6:00 p.m. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Please enter via 810 N. Dearborn. Each table of four includes one bottle of Rosé de Provence and salted nuts. Reserve early! Seating is limited in our intimate courtyard. Weather permitting otherwise event moves indoors in our salon.

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About Nathalie Colas:

Hailed for her “floating, silky” “luminous soprano” and deemed “a standout in acting and voice” as well as “hypnotic (Chicago Classical Review), Soprano Nathalie Colas is a versatile and curious musician, artist, producer and music advocate.

She is a current soloist and founder of Third Coast Baroque, Liederstube, and new music ensemble Fonema Consort. She has sung with Haymarket Opera, the St Louis Bach Society and Aestas Consort in recent seasons. Nathalie is an active chorister singing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Chorus, and Music of the Baroque.

As a concert soloist, Nathalie was recently heard in Mahler 4th Symphony with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, in Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Valparaiso, and in the title role of Rita by G. Donizetti in Switzerland. An avid recitalist, Nathalie studied art song with the late German baritone Udo Reinemann and regularly performs such repertoire (Symphony Center, Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago Arts Club, Driehaus Museum).

Ms. Colas is a passionate educator who teaches voice at Triton College and Concordia University Chicago. A graduate of DePaul University School of Music and of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, she completed her opera training at the Swiss Opera Studio/Hochschule der Kunst Bern, Switzerland. Nathalie was born and raised in Strasbourg, France

About Eugenia Cheng:

Dr Eugenia Cheng is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of “math phobia”. Her first popular math book, How to Bake Pi, was published by Basic Books in 2015 to widespread acclaim. Her next book, Beyond Infinity, was published in 2017. Eugenia is also math columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a concert pianist and founder of the Liederstube.


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