Picosa's core identity revolves around virtuosic performances of eclectic an intriguing repertoire. Composer-in-Residence Jonathon Kirk music is a key part of this in his original compositions and transcriptions for the ensemble.Upcoming Concerts
Picosa advocates for the rising generation of musicians through our collegiate residencies and Interludes Chamber Ensemble Program which features amateur and students musicians pre-concert.
Picosa's programming reflects our common humanity in an intrinsically interconnected yet vastly diverse modern society. Not only does Picosa embrace this philosophy in our programming, but also in our collaborative work with Hesed House, a national model for ending homelessness.Hesed House
Our performance on Monday night, June 11, 2018, for Live from WFMT with Kerry Frumkin marked Picosa’s broadcast premiere for Chicago’s elite classical music station.
The ensemble performed a representative program of diverse musical masterworks from across the centuries. The centerpiece of the program was Shulamit Ran’s Mirage, a signature piece for the ensemble. The event was made even more special with the presence of the gracious composer in our audience. Framing this truly epic work, were two charming trios, Joaquìn Turina’s Cìrculo Trio Opus 91, and Josef Haydn’s London Trio No. 1 in C Major. The program began and ended with two exquisite transcriptions by our skilled Composer-in-Residence Jonathon Kirk, Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Woven into these performances, were commentary and conversations between host Kerry Frumkin and Jonathon Kirk, Artistic Director Jennie Oh Brown, and Picosa Executive Board President Kasia Johnson.