MusicNOW: Break Away

May 20

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 spontaneity 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. Washington Joy Boy [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]
Monk, arr. Mazzoli Passage, What Does It Mean? [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]
Montgomery Break Away
Eastman, arr. Montgomery Gay Guerrilla [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]


With three successful operas to her credit, New York-based composer Missy Mazzoli has established herself as one of contemporary music’s most original voices. “She is among the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York,” declared the New York Times. Her latest milestone came in July when she was named as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence. “They called me really out of the blue,” Mazzoli, 37, said, “and I was delighted. The Chicago Symphony has such an amazing history, and it sounds so good — one of the best orchestras I’ve ever heard in my entire life. So there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to say yes.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.