Celebrating Chicago's vibrant and booming
contemporary classical music scene!

350+ musicians 88 composers 25 ensembles
54 world premieres5 sound installations
artist receptionsforums
2-day marathon

Spearheaded by Augusta Read Thomas
Augusta Read Thomas and Stephen Burns, Co-Curators
Reba Cafarelli, Festival Manager

The Ear Taxi Festival is made possible by significant support from:

Cynthia Mead Sargent

The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

Sally Mead Hands Foundation

Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Irving Harris Foundation at the request of Joan Harris

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.       The Amphion Foundation, Inc.




Learn more about the composers, performers, and curators behind this ground-breaking festival of contemporary classical music.


Ear Taxi Festival events will take place at 6 venues throughout Chicago. Find the latest schedule along with information about ticket sales.

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Never before has the Chicago contemporary classical music community put on a festival of this magnitude. Your support is needed.