Rachael Claire Eid-Ries is a passionate and versatile violist, equally at home improvising in folk-roots or gospel ensembles, performing newly commissioned works, and interpreting traditional classical repertoire. Rachael currently plays in a Chicago-based harp, flute, and viola trio called Trio Passionata, performing classics, newly written works and arrangements of Rachael’s original songs. Rachael teaches viola, violin, mandolin, and keyboard privately, and has experience teaching with the El-Sistema method in the elementary-school classroom. As a participant in the 2013 Fresh Inc Festival, Rachael performed with members of Fifth House Ensemble at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and at the 2013 Make Music Chicago Grand Finale at St. James Cathedral. She has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. Rachael graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Viola Performance in April of 2012, studying under Kalamazoo Symphony Principal Violist Igor Fedotov. She is currently studying to receive her masters of Viola Performance at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL under internationally known soloist and chamber musician Roger Chase.
Evan Williams – Grime
for violin, viola, cello and double bass