Chicago Classical Musicians Mourn Loss of Rush Hour Concert Series Founder Deborah Sobol

Sobol headshotClassical musicians in Chicago were deeply saddened by the sudden loss of  63 year-old Deborah Sobol, the founder and creative director of the Rush Hour Concert series, on Saturday, January 25. Ms. Sobol died from a dissecting aortic aneurysm, a condition which is unpreventable and untreatable.

Ms. Sobol spent more than 40 years in the arts world as a concert pianist, arts advocate, educator, and community builder. She has performed and recorded with artists including Larry Combs, Mathieu Dufour, Nobuko Imai, and Hila Plitmann. As a Founder, Artistic, and Executive Director of Chicago Chamber Musicians, she develop innovative programming which emphasize audience education.

Most recently, Ms. Sobol spent 14 years as Founder and Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts. The series grew from serving a summer audience over 13 weeks to a year-round arts organization with three programs of high-quality music and community engagement presidencies which served more than half a million Chicagoans every year.

Ms. Sobol was also an artist faculty member of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and previously was an educator at the Longy School of Music and Northwestern University. She was also Principal of Studio 1301, which offers instruction, arts organization consulting services, and career development for young artists.

A public memorial service will be held for Ms. Sobol at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, on Friday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. WFMT 98.7 FM will broadcast a live memorial concert on Friday, January 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Rush Hour Concerts, 650 N. Dearborn, #500, Chicago, IL 60654, are appreciated.

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