MusicNOW: Steve Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration

Nov 21

7:00 PM

Monday, November 21, 2016

In 2016, American icon Steve Reich celebrates his 80th birthday. In collaboration and with the support of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the CSO’s MusicNOW series pays tribute to his unrivaled musical contribution with a diverse program of works that highlights the breadth and invention of his existing work.

Collect your limited-edition MusicNOW poster, specifically designed for this program, in the lobby after the concert. Only 100 posters will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special thanks to Artistry Engraving, Graphic Arts Studio and Mohawk Paper for their contributions to the limited-edition MusicNOW posters.


Reich Different Trains
Reich Proverb*
Reich Double Sextet

*Proverb will be performed by Musicians from the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University.


Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alan Pierson conductor 
Samuel Adams Mead Composer-in-Residence
Elizabeth Ogonek Mead Composer-in-Residence

At 80, with his legacy secure, composer Steve Reich feels confident about the future of contemporary music: "In America [it's] maybe the richest [era] that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime for having so many good young composers. It’s fresh, and it’s new, and it’s different, and we’re very fortunate to be in such great shape." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Steve Reich is that most rare creature, an American composer who has been a leading, regularly performed voice in the classical music field for more than five decades.  With its steady, pulsing beat and lush harmonies that hold constant for pages, his music is often mesmerizing. Luminous and smooth on the surface, the music in its depths contains minute, intricately wrought, ever-shifting detail. Reich turned 80 last month, and the music world—including the CSO's MusicNOW series—is celebrating. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Major support for MusicNOW is generously provided by the Irving Harris Foundation, the Sally Mead Hands Foundation, the Julian Family Foundation, Cindy Sargent and the Zell Family Foundation.

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