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Trio Chicago & Friends
Hometown: Chicago
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Trio Chicago & Friends is an American music ensemble praised for its annual tours to remote parts of the globe as cultural ambassadors. The group has been consistently recognized for its stylistic versatility in concerts, and for its master classes and teaching interchanges with local students. TC&F features American music by composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Bernstein, Copland, Pat Metheny, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
The group is led by one of Chicago’s most distinguished violinists, Elliott Golub, who served as concertmaster of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque since its inception in 1972 to 2006. Mr. Golub was formerly concertmaster of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago. In Washington, D.C., he was invited to play at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and the White House. In 2006, he received the William Hall Sherwood Award "for outstanding contributions to the arts," and in 2010 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music "for excellence in promoting cultural diplomacy as an ambassador of music to the world."

Co-founder Marlou Johnston, who plays the viola and violin, has been concertmaster and soloist with the Kankakee (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra since 1982. She was formerly concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2004, she received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Carleton College (Minnesota) for "outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the field of music."

Pianist Kay Kim teaches at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as visiting assistant professor. Previously, she served on faculty at Northwestern University and as a staff pianist at the Juilliard School. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed with many renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Karl Leister and Philippe Cuper among others. Kay holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Flutist Laura Hamm has studied with Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway, and received a master of music degree and a certificate in flute performance from Northwestern University. She has participated in numerous music festivals throughout the world. Ms. Hamm is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Soprano Katherine Keberlein has performed with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and as a soloist in the University of Chicago’s Noontime Concert Series. Her extensive theatre resume includes productions at the Royal George Theatre, Theatre at the Centre, Light Opera Works and Oak Park Festival Theatre. Ms. Keberlein is a member of SAG, with national film and commercial credits.

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