May 23, 2022
CSO MusicNow Concerto


Individual and collective virtuosity is on full display in a program that opens with a new work by Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery. Joan Tower’s Rising for flute and strings builds energy and excitement through its exploration of quickening tempos and ascending melodies. Gabriel Cabezas, hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his “polished execution with a burnished warmth of tone,” is featured in Alyssa Weinberg’s Caligo, a concerto that highlights the cello’s broad spectrum of sonic color, and composer James Moore takes a solo turn in his stunning showpiece for electric guitar.

All ticket holders are invited to enjoy post-concert pizza and beverages in the Harris Theater lobby and chat with the composers and musicians.

  • Venue
    Harris Theater
  • Length
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Program Book
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Sleep is Shattered

Principal Flute
The Erika and Dietrich M. Gross Principal Flute Chair
Sponsors & Partners

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

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Chicago-born cellist Gabriel Cabezas embraces the ideas of crossing genres and not being worried about genres at all. He's happiest when there's "a melding of different worlds and different kinds of music.”
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Of her chamber work "Rising," composer Joan Tower observes: “I have always been interested in how music can ‘go up.’ It is a simple action, but one that can have so many variables: slow or fast tempos, accelerating, slowing down, getting louder or softer."
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Digital program book for CSO MusicNOW Concerto, May 23, 2022
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