St. James hosts dozens of concerts throughout the year, featuring choral, symphonic, and chamber music. The cathedral comfortably seats 400 people. If you are interested in renting the space, email Robert Black.


Friday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
common pulse TICKETS
   BACH Brandenburg Concerti
   MONTEVERDI Si ch’io vorrei morire
   BLOCH Silent Devotion and Response
   SPENCER At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
   BRUCKNER Os justi
   MENDELSSOHN Richte mich, Gott
   JOAN SZUMKO Nada te turbe
   ABBIE BETINIS Be Like the Bird
   MONTEVERDI Zefiro torna
   BOULANGER Hymne au Soleil
Friday, Sep. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Camerata Chicago TICKETS
   BACH Brandenburg Concerti
Sunday, Sep. 22 at 3  p.m.
Mio Nakamura, pianist FREE
   BEETHOVEN Sonata, op. 111
   CHOPIN Etudes
   LISZT Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli, S. 162
Monday, Sep. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians TICKETS
   SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (The Trout)
   REIZENSTEIN Trio for flute, oboe, and piano, op. 25
   STEPHENSON Commission in honor of Sandra Eiger Miller for flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano


Rush Hour Concerts

Since 2000, Rush Hour Concerts has invigorated Chicago's live music scene with performances every Tuesday from June through August. 

  • Free, pre-concert reception with artists at 5:15 p.m. and a 30-minute concert at 5:45 p.m.
  • Internationally acclaimed artists, including musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Diverse, international repertoire from different eras and for various ensembles
  • Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT, Chicago's classical music station
Programs and schedule.


Tuesday, Jul. 23 at 5:45 p.m.
Beethoven & Ligetti
   Music of Beethoven and Ligetti
Tuesday, Jul. 30 at 5:45 p.m.
Sijo Poetry
Musicians from the Sejong Society, in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation
   Korean art song and music inspired by Sijo poetry
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 5:45 p.m.
Art of the Quintet
Avalon String Quartet and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
   BACH Art of the Fugue (selections)
   SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet, Op. 57
Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 5:45 p.m.
Finale: Rush Hour at 20
St. James Cathedral Choir, Stephen Buzard, Director of Music
   English choral music from six centuries