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.
Moore Synaesthesia Suite [United States Premiere]Greenstein Octet 1979Lizée Isabella Blow at Somerset House [United States Premiere]Hamilton music for roger casement [United States Premiere]
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony OrchestraCliff Colnot conductor Stephanie Jeong violin Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence
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.
Farrin Uscirmi di bracciaKrauss destroy the middleBaker CharonMacklay Many Many CadencesBjarnason Bow to string
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alan Pierson conductor Weijing Wang viola Katinka Kleijn celloMissy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence
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.
Diaz de León AnimaSmith RiprapMazzoli Dark with Excessive Bright [World Premiere, CSO Commission]Southam Webster's Spin
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony OrchestraEdwin Outwater conductor Cynthia Yeh marimba Alexander Hanna bass Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence
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.
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]
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence