West Loop’s Epiphany Center for the Arts has announced a new Acoustic Music Series that will take place within the recently restored landmark venue’s Epiphany Hall and The Sanctuary, and it looks like a match made in heaven.
Stepping inside the illustrious 19th-century national landmark is already an experience in itself. The fortress-like former church and its iconic bell tower have long towered above the West Loop skyline since it was first assembled back in 1885. What lies inside is a glorious architectural achievement with exposed beams and sweeping arched trusses.
Now, despite being decommissioned and listed as permanently closed a decade ago, the venue’s heart beats louder than ever before with an ongoing lineup of live performances that showcase the extraordinary acoustics found within.
Since being repurposed, the architectural glory, raw beauty, and extraordinary acoustics of the historic venue have been preserved, offering a sensory spectacle beyond compare.
Whether it’s the prowess of stirring piano performances, or the captivating charm of classical chamber music, prepare to be acoustically enthralled and aesthetically astonished.
From instrumental to vocals, the afternoon and evening performances will feature a variety of musical styles, including classical, singer/songwriter, chamber, world, country, choral, bluegrass, ragtime, and folk.
“Whether you’re at an intimate show in The Sanctuary or a 400-person listening concert in the more expansive Epiphany Hall, the stunning acoustics in both spaces make for the ideal listening experience,” said David Chase, co-founder, Epiphany Center for the Arts.
Performances include the talented Polish pianist, Janusz Olejniczak, the critically-acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world-class musicians, The Juliani Ensemble, and the adventurous, Chicago-based, mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble Fifth House Ensemble.
“The Sanctuary at Epiphany Center for the Arts provides a truly remarkable acoustic experience for audience members, where no matter your location in the room, the sound travels right to you, making you feel like you’re there on stage with the musicians,” said Anita Graef, co-director and cellist of the Juliani Ensemble.
“Our aim with all of our concerts is for each audience member to leave positively transformed; more centered, more joyful, more peaceful, more uplifted.”
Conceived with the vision to return Epiphany to a place for people to congregate, the shuttered, historic Church of the Epiphany has been preserved and adapted into the Epiphany Center for the Arts, an iconic cultural hub “For the Good of Art, Entertainment and Events.” Thoughtfully designed, the exemplary 42,000-square-foot campus located on the artsy edge of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood boasts three distinct venues (Epiphany Hall, The Sanctuary and The Chase House) and a stunning array of amenities. The campus also features eight galleries that serve as a platform for a diverse selection of artists from Chicago and beyond. Epiphany’s exhibitions showcase the work of women, the LGBTQIA community, artists of color, and the disability culture. Epiphany’s top priority is to curate programming that is inclusive, while providing a place established artists can collaborate with emerging ones. Epiphany’s programming serves to unite community and artists alike while “Bringing Chicago Together.” Visit www.epiphanychi.com to learn more.