Chamber Music on the Fox kicks off seventh season with Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues

  • On Monday, Oct. 26, Blues harmonica legend Corky Siegel will open Chamber Music on the Fox's seventh season with a virtual performance.

    On Monday, Oct. 26, Blues harmonica legend Corky Siegel will open Chamber Music on the Fox's seventh season with a virtual performance. Courtesy of Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues

 
Submitted by Sara Sitzer
Updated 10/15/2020 3:42 PM

Back in the days before the pandemic, Chamber Music on the Fox had a season finale planned for May featuring the world famous, harmonica-playing, genre-defying Corky Siegel and his Chamber Blues quartet. Needless to say, that concert didn't exactly take place as planned ... which is why the Chamber Music on the Fox is now able to offer an even more exciting, more extravagant virtual version of the show as their opener for the 2020-21 season!

On Monday, Oct. 26, the Chamber Music on the Fox presents "Corky's Virtual Chamber Ba-lues-za!" live on Zoom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The performance will be 100% remote, with Corky and the performers inviting viewers into their homes for a special evening of original, innovative performances created exclusively for this performance.

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts has been playing the saxophone for over 50 years, and has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts has been playing the saxophone for over 50 years, and has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa. - Courtesy of Patricia Watts

But this time, it's not just Corky, it's not just his Chamber Blues ensemble, it's all that plus a slew of guest artists so sensational, they've never before been on the same stage at the same time!

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon will be one of the featured performers at the Chamber Music on the Fox's season opener on Monday, Oct. 26.
Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon will be one of the featured performers at the Chamber Music on the Fox's season opener on Monday, Oct. 26. - Courtesy of Chris Monaghan
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The presentation will feature artists including Ernie Watts, Toronzo Canon, Tracy Nelson, Marcella Detroit, all singing and playing from spaces around the country and the world.

Singer and songwriter Marcella Detroit will perform with Corky Siegel at the season opener of the Chamber Music on the Fox's seventh season.
Singer and songwriter Marcella Detroit will perform with Corky Siegel at the season opener of the Chamber Music on the Fox's seventh season. - Courtesy of Marcella Detroit

With the challenges that many are facing this year, the Chamber Music on the Fox is temporarily changing their ticketing structure in hopes of making concerts accessible to all.

Instead of a set price for tickets, they are providing this concert without charge, instead urging viewers to donate generously as they are able. The suggested donation for this program is $30, but any amount will be accepted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

In addition, the Chamber Music on the Fox is offering a VIP Special after the performance: for an additional $20, mingle with the artists after the show for an intimate Zoom cocktail party and be the first to receive a digital copy of Corky's upcoming album.

After Corky's Chamber Ba-Lues-Za! show on Monday, Oct. 26, enjoy a Zoom cocktail party with the artists and get a digital copy of Corky's upcoming album.
After Corky's Chamber Ba-Lues-Za! show on Monday, Oct. 26, enjoy a Zoom cocktail party with the artists and get a digital copy of Corky's upcoming album. - Courtesy of Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues

The event begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

Those registered will receive links to view the performance approximately a week in advance. For further details about the concert and to register, visit www.ChamberMusicontheFox.org, call (224) 276-8881, or email sara.sitzer@chambermusiconthefox.org.

Founded by Elgin Symphony Orchestra musicians Mark Fry and Sara Sitzer, Chamber Music on the Fox is a world-class classical chamber music series serving Elgin and the greater Fox Valley region, whose mission is to present engaging, enriching, and immersive performances and cultural experiences that enhance and enrich the cultural offerings of the area. Their seventh season can be experienced entirely digitally, and includes a lineup of many of the finest musicians in the greater Chicago area. For information, visit ChamberMusicontheFox.org.

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To watch previous Chamber Music on the Fox performances, check out their YouTube channel.

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