MusicNOW: Dark with Excessive Bright

Apr 8

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 Anima
Smith Riprap
Mazzoli Dark with Excessive Bright [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commission. Generously supported by Helen Zell. Originally commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra]
Southam Webster's Spin


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.