The Classical Connoisseur



As the Classical Connoisseur Maestra Kim  “conducts” chamber musicians and guides listeners through a parallel tasting tasting of music and wine.

These events are a fun way to enjoy a curated concert while exploring one’s ear and taste palates.
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Sample bookings:


All you need is ears!
Join the Classical Connoisseur on an ear-opening exploration of the magic of classical music. 

Sounds Funny: Hearing wit and humor in music.
Classical music is more than just serious stuff. Composers have ways to make us laugh, grin and chuckle.

Baroque: An Ear for the Bizarre.
The era of music referred to as Baroque takes its name from the Italian word for bizarre. Why? Can we still hear, 300 years later, the odd sounds of this music? 

Heart Murmurs: Love and longing in music
From intense joy to heart ache, music often captures the pain and bliss of love and longing more vividly than words. With a wine-tasting approach to listening to music we will delve into the mysteries of emotion and music, and experience how composers apply the tools of their trade to pull our heart strings.

Magicians of the Orchestra
From paper filled with black dots to sounds filled with feeling, thought, gestures, images, and even memories, the Classical Connoisseur returns to reveal how composers and musicians evoke the magic of music.

Time Warps: How composers create an illusion of time, memory, and future.

The String Effect: Exploring how string players use their instrument to create meaning out of sounds

Wind Power: Exploring how wind players use their instrument and their breath to create meaning out of sound.



Past events:


Classical Connoisseur        
Pairing music and wine
Sunday, 17 April 2016 - 4:30 PM 
Prospect Heights, Illinois



Classical Connoisseur        
Pairing music and wine
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 4:30 PM 
Prospect Heights, Illinois




Classical Connoisseur        
Pairing music and wine
April 5, 2014, 7 pm
Auburn Golf Course
29630 Green River Road SE
AuburnWA 98092 



Classical Connoisseur
PianoForte presents
A wine and music tasting event

December 10, 2012, 7:30pm
PianoForte Salon

Classical Connoisseur
All you need is ears!
With a trio of guest musicians
February 19, 2012, 2 pm
Round Lake Area Public Library

Classical Connoisseur
Sounds Funny: Hearing Wit and Humor in Music
with guest musician Susan Stokdyk
March 4th, 2012, 2 pm
Winnetka Public Library

Classical Connoisseur
Composer as Illusionist
With guest string quartet
November 6th, 2011, 2 pm
Niles Public Library

Classical Connoisseur
Baroque : An Ear for the Bizarre
With guest musician Kim Sopata
November 20th, 2011, 2pm
Antioch Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
Heart Murmurs: Love and Longing in Music
With Prism Ensemble
February 12, 2011
Niles Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
Baroque: An ear for the bizarre
November 7, 2010
Niles Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
But is it good? Sound Qualities
June, 30, 2010
Niles Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
Vertical Tasting: Chopin
June 23, 2010
Niles Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
Strong Tannins: hearing anticipation and expectation
June 19, 2010
Niles Public Library

The Classical Connoisseur
A wine-tasting approach to classical music
June 12, 2010
Niles Public Library

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