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The Mimir Chamber Music Festival proudly celebrates its 24th anniversary season in 2021, with an exciting series of concerts, as we again take the Festival online for four unique performances by our renowned Mimir professional musicians.

We invite you to join us for performances on July 8, 10, 15 and 17, all at 7:30 pm CT in the USA and the time zone associated with Melbourne, Australia. These pre-recorded performances were commissioned by Mimir and will feature artists performing from the stages of fine concert halls in Chicago, Melbourne and Helsinki.

On opening night, we also have a special performance of Caravan for Two Cellos, by cellist/composer Tanya Anisimova, performed by Mimir Artist Brant Taylor and (new to Mimir) Kenneth Olsen, Associate Principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also featured on this program is the glorious Arensky Cello Quartet, written as a tribute to the composer’s friend and inspiration, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Concert Two features the Firebird Trio, with special guests Oksana Thompson and Wenhong Luo, in a performance of the love poem ‘Gretchen’ from Franz Liszt’s Faust Symphony (arranged by Firebird pianist/composer Benjamin Martin) paired with Dvorak’s thrilling Piano Quintet—a masterpiece brimming with Bohemian passion, folk tunes and spirit.

Concert Three presents another Australian favorite—Ensemble Liason—with the American premiere of Mimir Artist John Novacek’s Trio Marlenita—a work commissioned during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Joining them for Mozart’s glorious Clarinet Quintet will be Wenhong Luo and the two Thompsons.

And finally, the Finale, with perhaps the most-loved piece of the chamber music canon—the Schubert Quintet in C Major, performed by Mimir Artists Joan DerHovsepian, Jun Iwasaki, Brant Taylor and Chicago Symphony all-stars Stephanie Jeong and Kenneth Olsen.

The Mimir Emerging Artists’ concert on July 16 will feature performances by three pre-formed groups, representing the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), DePaul University, Chicago, and the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. They have been chosen through highly competitive international audition process and will be mentored online through the Festival by our outstanding Mimir professional artists.

Since its beginning in 1998, Mimir has presented over 150 exceptional concerts by our renowned Mimir Artists, and we have mentored some 350 talented young Emerging Artists. Expanding our programming in 2013, we added a second week-long festival in Australia, further enhancing Mimir’s international reputation as a leading venue for chamber music performance and instruction.

We invite you to experience the magic and intimacy of fine chamber music! Please join us as we celebrate the 24th season of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, July 8 through July 17, 2021.