March 20, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in June 2005. Since joining the CSO, Jennifer has also been involved in the orchestra’s MusicNOW contemporary music series and is a coach for the Civic Orchestra. Gunn has been a regular guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Orchestra. Former Assistant Principal Flute with the Louisville Orchestra and Principal Flute of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, she has also performed with various other orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati symphony orchestras. Gunn made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May 2008 playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV 443. In April 2007, she was featured as a soloist playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes on the MusicNOW series. (bio courtesy of cso.org)
Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, double-Grammy-winning musician. His diverse work as a flutist, speaker, writer and teacher is united by a single goal: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tim was the flutist and co-artistic director of the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird from 2006 till 2015. As a member of eighth blackbird, Tim performed at major concert venues in 40 US states and abroad, worked as soloist with America’s finest orchestras, curated three music festivals, and premiered more than 100 new works, including Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet” (Pulitzer Prize winner, 2009). Tim won his second Grammy Award as a member of eighth blackbird in 2013, for the Cedille Records album Meanwhile. According to the Chicago Tribune, “the fierce virtuosity of Tim Munro was worth the price of admission all by itself.” Tim’s solo performances are “bravura,” “charismatic” (The New York Times), “engrossing” (Chicago Tribune) and “brilliantly clear and beautifully balanced” (Sydney Morning Herald). Tim memorizes his solo repertoire, leaving him free to add a theatrical dimension to his shows.