MusicNOW: Chicago's Own

Nov 19

7:00 PM

Monday, November 19, 2018

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

Approximate concert duration: 50 minutes with no intermission


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


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, 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.