Picosa programs an eclectic body of work that includes a commitment to our community of Chicago-based composers. Through music, narrative, and ongoing conversations, we invite our audiences into shared experiences together with the musicians.
We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as the honest and transformative path to great art and repertoire. Picosa believes that music's enduring power is its innate ability to engage all of us -- performers, composers, audience -- in reflecting and conversing about our experiences, our values, and our aspirations.
Picosa believes in equipping and encouraging the rising generation of musicians through school outreach programs, guest workshops, and its residencies at North Central College and Elmhurst University.
Live with Kerry Frumkin
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 CìrculoTrio Opus 91, and Josef Haydn’s LondonTrioNo. 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.