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MusicNOW: Synchronicity

7:00 PM
Monday, September 29, 2014

A powerful electroacoustic work by Chicagoan Anthony Cheung opens MusicNOW’s season, contrasted by an ambient pastoral piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams and a multimedia work by Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison. The concert closes with a visceral sinfonietta by Mason Bates inspired by synthetic computing.

This 2011 work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer treats the string quartet as a large, 16-stringed harp. All the sounds in the piece are produced as natural harmonics or on open strings. Read more at Sounds & Stories.

This short and visceral sinfonietta was inspired by the notion of synthetic computing, Like a self-replicating synthetic computer, the passages jump insidiously from instrument to instrument. Read more at Sounds & Stories.

MusicNOW receives funding through a leadership challenge grant from Irving Harris Foundation, Joan W. Harris. Major support is provided by Cindy Sargent and Sally Mead Hands Foundation.

Pre- and postconcert entertainment provided by [illmeasures].


  • Cheung SynchroniCities
  • Gordon Light Is Calling
  • J.L. Adams The Wind in High Places
  • Bates The Rise of Exotic Computing

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James Feddeck
Mason Bates
mead composer-in-residence
Anna Clyne
mead composer-in-residence


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