Chicago's World Music Festival to Feature Megitza Quartet

From September 15 to 22, the City of Chicago transforms into a global center for the best of today’s international music when the 13th annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2011 returns. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC), the city-wide, multi-venue, eight-day festival features acclaimed musicians from more than 40 countries. Featuring traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures, the performances and events include a combination of free and low-cost ticketed concerts, many of which are family-friendly.

Performances will take place at various Chicago neighborhood parks, clubs, cultural centers and downtown venues.

Greek-American guitar virtuoso Andreas Kapsalis

The festival will feature a performance on September 19, featuring the eclectic Megitza Quartet, led by Andreas Kapsalis, an exceptional guitarist of a Greek descent, who uses a unique technique of finger tapping and incorporates his guitar’s body as percussion instrument. He plays guitar and bouzouki in this multicultural group. The Megitza Quartet is known for providing its audiences “an insurmountable dose of adventure where even without knowing the language anyone can be captivated by their songs, that give a pinch of inspiration, joy, and excitement.”