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.

Be sure to join us at 6:30 p.m. for a special interactive pre-show performance by Chicago creative collective Mocrep!


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]


Along with her busy performance schedule, violinist Jessie Montgomery makes a point of squeezing in time for her composing. “It’s like 100 percent and 100 percent,” she said with a laugh. “I’m involved in a lot of commissions, and I somehow manage it all.” She will be featured in her composer capacity for the season finale May 20 of the CSO's MusicNOW series, including her world-premiere arrangement of Julius Eastman's Gay GuerrillaRead 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.