MusicNOW: Quirks and Currents

Oct 22

7:00 PM

Monday, October 22, 2018

Inspired by the far corners of pop culture—analog synthesizers, glitchy technology and fashion designer Isabella Blow—these composers have their own idiosyncratic takes on tonality, minimalism and electronics. Receiving its American premiere, Irish composer Andrew Hamilton’s astonishing music for roger casement is a tribute to the late Irish revolutionary.

Approximate concert duration: 70 minutes with no intermission


Moore Synaesthesia Suite [United States Premiere]
Greenstein Octet 1979
Lizée Isabella Blow at Somerset House [United States Premiere]
Hamilton music for roger casement [United States Premiere]


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.