Oct 22

MusicNOW: Quirks and Currents

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, October 22, 2018

Inspired by the far corners of pop culture—analog synthesizers, glitchy technology and fashion designer Isabella Blow—these composers have their own idiosyncratic takes on tonality, minimalism and electronics. Receiving its American premiere, Irish composer Andrew Hamilton’s astonishing music for roger casement is a tribute to the late Irish revolutionary.

Program

Moore Synaesthesia Suite [United States Premiere]
Greenstein Octet 1979
Lizée Isabella Blow at Somerset House [United States Premiere]
Hamilton music for roger casement [United States Premiere]

Performers

Nov 19

MusicNOW: Chicago's Own

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, November 19, 2018

Three rising-star composers with Chicago roots—Suzanne Farrin, Morgan Krauss and Drew Baker—are rethinking the possibilities of “classical” instruments and continually pushing the sonic envelope to new extremes. New York-based Sky Macklay’s Many Many Cadences explores musical humor, and Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason’s Bow to string employs vigorously percussive performance techniques.

Program

Farrin Uscirmi di braccia
Krauss destroy the middle
Baker Charon
Macklay Many Many Cadences
Bjarnason Bow to string

Performers

Apr 8

MusicNOW: Dark with Excessive Bright

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, April 8, 2019

Two mini-concertos, Gabriella Smith’s Riprap for marimba and Missy Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass, anchor this eclectic program. Mario Diaz de León’s Anima for three cellos is inspired by ancient vocal traditions. The late Canadian post-minimalist master Ann Southam’s Webster’s Spin for string orchestra evokes the meditative tranquility of weaving and sewing.

Program

Diaz de León Anima
Smith Riprap
Mazzoli Dark with Excessive Bright [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Southam Webster's Spin

Performers

May 20

MusicNOW: Break Away

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, May 20, 2019

Julius Eastman, Meredith Monk and Jessie Montgomery, three brilliant composers, have all worked with improvisation, open scoring and spontanaeity in very different and personal ways. New arrangements of Julius Eastman’s Joy Boy and Gay Guerrilla and Meredith Monk’s Passage and What Does It Mean? receive their world premieres. Jessie Montgomery’s quartet Break Away calls on musicians to play with and “break away” from the score, making each performance unique.

Program

Eastman, arr. Woods Joy Boy [CSO Commission, World Premiere]
Monk, arr. Mazzoli Passage, What Does It Mean? [CSO Commission, World Premiere]
Montgomery Break Away
Eastman, arr. Woods Gay Guerrilla [World Premiere, CSO Commission]

Performers

Performance Key

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