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Chicago Stories: Book One

For the first Chicago Stories program (2017), the BBE commissioned new works from three Chicago composers for eight instrumentalists and two singers. Amos Gillespie explored the contributions of the Alvarez Brothers to the Pilsen Latin jazz scene.  Heidi Joosten scaled the wall with an inspiring group of minority women and watched as they crushed glass ceilings. Eric Malmquist journeyed with members of the Assyrian immigrant community who found refuge in Rogers Park and Lincolnwood. Performances included debuts at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the iconic Green Mill Lounge.



by Heidi Joosten


by Eric Malmquist


by Amos Gillespie


Composers and Performers


Chicago STories Blogs


Brandi Berry Benson

Violinist Brandi Berry is the Artistic Director and founder of the BBE. She has performed as a featured soloist, concertmaster, and ensemble member of early music groups around the United States, as well as on prominent concert series, television, and radio. She is on the faculty at DePaul University where she co-directs the Baroque Ensemble and teaches classes on ornamentation, as well as the Old Town School of Folk Music. She holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of North Texas.

More info at: bbexperience.org/brandi