MusicNOW of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

MusicNOW of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Harris Theater

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cliff Colnot, conductor
Samuel Adams, Mead Composer-in-Residence
Elizabeth Ogonek, Mead Composer-in-Residence

PROGRAM
Marc Mellits: Splinter
Katherine Young: the moss glows and the water is black (World Premiere – MusicNOW Commission)
Sam Pluta: Tile Mosaic (After Chagall) (Chicago Premiere)
Manual Cinema with Music by Kyle Vegter: Monday or Tuesday (World Premiere – MusicNOW Commission)

Complimentary post-concert pizza and beverages.

Admission: $27 General / $15 Students
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Blowout Party! Cocktails, Food, and Music
Oct
9
Oct 10

Blowout Party! Cocktails, Food, and Music

  • Constellation

Celebrate the penultimate night of the Festival with a program full of fun and funky virtuoso music. Enjoy a snack (included in ticket price) and libations from the Constellation cash bar to toast the artists of Ear Taxi Festival!

PROGRAM
Marc Mellits: Gravity
Nicole Mitchell: Wild Card for Flute and Piano (Chicago Premiere)
Marta Ptaszynska: Elegia in Memoriam John Paul II
Christopher Wendell Jones: Plastic Moment (World Premiere)
Aaron Cassidy: I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips (Chicago Premiere)
LJ White: Zin zin zin zin

Admission: $15 General / $10 Students
This event is not part of the Festival Pass. Admission available by single ticket purchase only.

Fifth House Ensemble, a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Picosa
Oct
9
5:00 pm17:00

Fifth House Ensemble, a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Picosa

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater

Fifth House Ensemble

PROGRAM
Dan Visconti: Soundings

a.pe.ri.od.ic

PROGRAM
Michael Pisaro: festhalten/loslassen

Picosa

PROGRAM
Jonathon Kirk: Mechanical Birds

Fifth House Ensemble, a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Picosa share the final marathon program in works by Dan Visconti, Michael Pisaro and Jonathan Kirk. Shared memories of melodies, birdsongs, and primal sounds inspired these composers to create new intriguing sound worlds.

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

Latitude 49, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Amos Gillespie and Taimur Sullivan
Oct
9
4:00 pm16:00

Latitude 49, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Amos Gillespie and Taimur Sullivan

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall

Latitude 49

PROGRAM
Shulamit Ran: Birkat Haderekh – Blessing for the Road II (World Premiere)

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

PROGRAM
Joe Clark: not merely bad or broken (World Premiere)

Amos Gillespie and Taimur Sullivan, saxophones

PROGRAM
Amos Gillespie: Lacework (Chicago Premiere)

A triple-bill of Latitude 49, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and Amos Gillespie includes the premieres of the poignant Haderekh: Blessing for the Road by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Shulamit Ran, and Joe Clark’s not merely bad or broken, based on Creole and Mandinka songs, birdsongs, and Mardi Gras calls. Taimur Sullivan joins Gillespie in a performance of Lacework for alto and baritone saxophones. 

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

MAVerick Ensemble, Alyson Berger & Amy Wurtz
Oct
9
3:00 pm15:00

MAVerick Ensemble, Alyson Berger & Amy Wurtz

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater

MAVerick Ensemble

PROGRAM
William Jason Raynovich: how dark and single (World Premiere)
Janice Misurell-Mitchell: Clameurs, Mélodie (World Premiere)

Alyson Berger, cello
Amy Wurtz, piano

PROGRAM
Sarah J. Ritch: Dirge (World Premiere)
Amy Wurtz: Songs and Dances (World Premiere)

MAVerick Ensemble’s William Jason Raynovich is a featured performer as part of his own work based on e.e. cummings poetry and Janice Misurell Mitchell’s premiere for speaking cellist and percussion. Amy Wurtz premieres her own Songs and Dances with cellist Alyson Berger.

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

Ensemble 20+
Oct
9
2:00 pm14:00

Ensemble 20+

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall

DePaul University’s Ensemble 20+, performing under the direction of Michael Lewanski, pairs a world premiere by Eliza Brown featuring soprano Jessica Aszodi with Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bernard Rands’ Concertino featuring Andrew Nogal as oboe soloist.

PROGRAM
Bernard Rands: Concertino
Eliza Brown: A Soundwalk with Resi (World Premiere)

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

Shanna Gutierrez and Collect/Project
Oct
9
1:00 pm13:00

Shanna Gutierrez and Collect/Project

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater

Collect/Project performs a vibrant assortment of electroacoustic works for bass flute, voice and electronics.

PROGRAM
Kyong Mee Choi: Freed
Nomi Epstein: for Collect/Project (World Premiere)
Fredrick Gifford: MOBILE 2016 (Shadow play) (World Premiere)
Francisco Castillo Trigueros: En la orilla gris, silencio (World Premiere)

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

Chicago Composers Orchestra
Oct
9
12:00 pm12:00

Chicago Composers Orchestra

  • Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall

Chicago Composers Orchestra, conducted by Allen Tinkham, presents four premieres inspired by themes of family roots, found sounds, Lake Michigan, and the periodic table.  This promises to be a diverse, plentiful and exciting mix.

Allen Tinkham, conductor
Amanda Compton LoPresti, choreography for Baxter & Ginther
John Marshall, Jr & Amanda Newman, dancers

PROGRAM
Brian Baxter: Roots Run Deep
Olivia Block: Lazarus (World Premiere)
Kathleen Ginther: Lake Effect (World Premiere)
Randall West: Copper (World Premiere)

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

2016 Ditson Conductor's Award Ceremony: Cliff Colnot
Oct
8
9:45 pm21:45

2016 Ditson Conductor's Award Ceremony: Cliff Colnot

  • Harris Theatre

Join Augusta Read Thomas as she presents Chicago conductor, Cliff Colnot, with the prestigious 2016 Ditson Conductor’s Award

The Ditson Conductor's Award honors conductors who have a distinguished record of performing and championing contemporary American music. Established in 1945, it is the oldest continuing award of its kind.

Third Coast Percussion and Spektral Quartet / Chicago Harp Quartet / Arcomusical / All Ear Taxi Festival Musicians / Ben Bolter
Oct
8
7:30 pm19:30

Third Coast Percussion and Spektral Quartet / Chicago Harp Quartet / Arcomusical / All Ear Taxi Festival Musicians / Ben Bolter

  • Harris Theater

Third Coast Percussion and Spektral Quartet

PROGRAM
Third Coast Percussion: Reaction Yield (World Premiere)
Augusta Read Thomas: Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals) (Chicago Premiere)

Chicago Harp Quartet

PROGRAM
Carolyn O’Brien: Plectra (World Premiere)

Arcomusical

PROGRAM
Gregory Beyer: Berimbau Sextet No. 1, “Kora”
Alexis C. Lamb: Apenas seja

All Ear Taxi Festival Musicians
Ben Bolter, conductor

PROGRAM
Drew Baker: NOX (World Premiere)

Saturday’s concert is a percussion extravaganza with the Third Coast Percussion premiering their collaborative composition Reaction Yield.  They are joined by Spektral Quartet to perform Augusta Read Thomas’ Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals). The Chicago Harp Quartet reveals a kaleidoscopic new work—Plectra by Carolyn O’Brien, followed by Arcomusical celebrating the subtle sounds of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau. The program concludes with NOX by Drew Baker, a new work commissioned by Ear Taxi Festival played by numerous Festival musicians, performing from every corner the Harris Theater.

Sponsored by The University of Chicago

Cliff Colnot

Join Augusta Read Thomas as she presents Chicago conductor, Cliff Colnot, with the 2016 Ditson Conductor’s Award!

The Ditson Conductor's Award honors conductors who have a distinguished record of performing and championing contemporary American music. Established in 1945, it is the oldest continuing award of its kind.

Admission: $20 General / $10 Students
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