Watch & Listen: Public Podcast
"Bridging the Gap" takes you behind the scenes and explores musical—and non-musical—topics related to our music and our artists. Curated and hosted by Creative Consultant Kathryn Kamp, each episode will include musical performances from past Chicago a cappella concerts and recordings, as we create a bridge to the broader community, share some of our favorite songs, and chat with some of our favorite people.
A few select episodes will be made available for free right here throughout the season:
Bridging the Gap: Music and Food
Guest host Joe Labozetta welcomes Gustavo Mejia, chef de partie at a Michelin star-rated restaurant in Chicago, to peek behind-the-scenes of the restaurant world and discuss the connections between creating food and creating music. Food-themed music from Chicago a cappella is featured: “Pie R Pie” by Malcolm Dalglish, “Chili con carne” by Anders Edenroth, and “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright.
Bridging the Gap: Music and Chicago History
Kathryn welcomes Geoffrey Baer, renowned Chicago expert and public television producer and program host, to discuss music related to our city’s history from the ensemble’s 2018 collaboration with him, “Chicago, Chicago.” She even tries her hand at Chicago trivia, putting a spotlight on Geoffrey’s new WTTW series, “The Great Chicago Quiz Show.” Chicago a cappella performances featured: Barry Moore’s “City of Chicago,” (arranged by Nick Page), and “The Song of the Ferris Wheel” by George Schleiffarth and “Chicago-Bound Blues” by Lovie Austin, both arranged by Jonathan Miller.
Bridging the Gap: Mexico to Minneapolis
Kathryn chats with composer Novelli Jurado, a composer and sound engineer who bridges the gap between his native Mexico and his current home base of Minneapolis. Music featured: “Y es que no sabes” (written for and performed by Chicago a cappella), “La Rama” (written for and performed by VocalEssence), and the premiere of his exciting new work for instruments and voices, “Mysterious River.”
Bridging the Gap: Music and Coffee
Host Kathryn Kamp chats with Eleazar Delgado, owner of Chicago’s Cafe Jumping Bean, bridging the gap between music and coffee! Music featured: “Java Jive,” excerpts from Bach’s “Coffee Cantata,” and “Black Coffee.”