DuPage Symphony’s virtual Sunday Serenades showcasing chamber groups during the pandemic

Posted on: February 1, 2021

“Consider it a virtual valentine…. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday Serenade Series will feature a free, livestreamed concert by the ZAZZ jazz quartet Feb. 14,” writes Jen Banowetz in Wednesday’s (1/27) Naperville Sun (Illinois). “ ‘From classic ballads, such as “My Funny Valentine” and “Unforgettable” to … “My Cherie Amour” … the most challenging component of this concert is to mix the styles of jazz, Latin, swing and classical music in an artistic way,’ said Gail Sonkin, ZAZZ’s keyboardist.… Along with Sonkin, who plays oboe and English horn player for the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the ZAZZ quartet features Deb Zelman, the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, on clarinet, saxophone and vocals; Julian Webb, the orchestra’s co-principal bass, on bass; and Eric Pancer, former percussionist for the orchestra, on drum kit…. ZAZZ has been together for more than a decade and evolved into the current quartet. While the group usually performs throughout Chicagoland, it mostly has been limited to livestream events during the pandemic…. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the orchestra has suspended all season and family concerts scheduled at Wentz Concert Hall through May 2021. The next Sunday Serenade Series livestreamed concert is March 14, showcasing the Woodwind Quintet.”