MusicNOW at the Art Institute of Chicago

May 7

7:30 PM

Monday, May 7, 2018

On May 7 the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra collaborate to present a rare after-hours event surrounded by American sculpture, paintings and Chicago architecture in celebration of MusicNOW’s 20th Season. Enjoy exclusive access to the museum as you experience an evening of contemporary music curated for three galleries devoted to American art and design. The Art Institute's Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts Elizabeth McGoey and Director of Adult Learning Nenette Luarca-Shoaf will be joined by CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek to introduce the works of art and music. The evening will culminate in the historic Stock Exchange Trading Room and include a complimentary champagne refreshment.

In this unique site-specific performance setting, seating has been intentionally configured to include views of both the artwork and musicians. Please note that sight lines of the performers may therefore be partially obstructed.


Crawford Seeger String Quartet 1931
Shaw Blueprint
Harrison Six Sonatas for Cembalo
Cerrone Memory Palace


Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Matous Michal violin
Hermine Gagné violin
Danny Lai viola
Calum Cook cello
Cynthia Yeh percussion
David Schrader harpsichord


The CSO's participation is made possible through the generous support of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

Support for Live Arts programming at the Art Institute is provided by the Woman's Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Live Arts program on May 7 is a collaboration between the CSO’s MusicNOW contemporary music series and the Art Institute of Chicago.