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

MusicNOW of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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
to Oct 10

Blowout Party! Cocktails, Food, and Music

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.

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

MAVerick Ensemble, Alyson Berger & Amy Wurtz

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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

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Ensemble 20+
Oct
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Ensemble 20+

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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

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

Shanna Gutierrez and Collect/Project

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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

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Chicago Composers Orchestra
Oct
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Chicago Composers Orchestra

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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

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

2016 Ditson Conductor's Award Ceremony: Cliff Colnot

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.

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

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

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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Winston Choi and Tim Munro
Oct
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Winston Choi and Tim Munro

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Tim Munro, flute

PROGRAM
Tim Munro: breath (World Premiere)
David Reminick: Seven Somniloquies (World Premiere)

Winston Choi, piano & synthesizer

PROGRAM
Igor Santos: études (World Premiere)

Tim Munro and Winston Choi share a program of world premieres electro-acoustic music in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. In addition to works by David Reminick and Igor Santos, this program features Tim Munro performing his own new work: “breath”. 

Winston Choi’s performance is sponsored by The Chinese Fine Arts Society

“We are so lucky to have such a wealth of composers and musicians here in Chicago dedicated to advancing and celebrating contemporary music. The Ear Taxi Festival is something we must support as a community to ensure the music of our time lives on and thrives!”
- Lesley Chen McCool, Managing Director, Chinese Fine Arts Society

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

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Access Contemporary Music and Julia Bentley
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Access Contemporary Music and Julia Bentley

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Superstar mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley is featured on Access Contemporary Music’s program of five world premieres, each unique reflections on poetry by American poet, writer, and editor, Carl Sandburg, who lived in Chicago and who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.

PROGRAM
New Songs on the Poems of Carl Sandburg
Lawrence Axelrod: From the Shore (World Premiere)
Seth Boustead: Chicago Song (World Premiere)
Yuan-Chen Li: Mist (World Premiere)
Andrew McManus: the has-been to beachey (World Premiere)
Timothy Page: Fences (World Premiere)

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

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Fonema Consort
Oct
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Fonema Consort

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Fonema Consort presents two premieres with Pablo Chin’s dramatic depiction of Ulysses’ epic journey home from The Odyssey and Joan Arnau Pàmies’ deep reflection of modern society.  

PROGRAM
Pablo Santiago Chin: (in)armonia: retratos I (World Premiere)
Joan Arnau Pàmies: Produktionsmittel I (U.S. Premiere)

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

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Civitas Ensemble and Gaudete Brass
Oct
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Civitas Ensemble and Gaudete Brass

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Civitas Ensemble

PROGRAM
David “Clay” Mettens: Tangled lines, luminous tangents (World Premiere)

Gaudete Brass

PROGRAM
Stacy Garrop: Legends of Olympus
Hope Littwin: A Lullaby for the Tender Hearted in the Age of Anxiety (World Premiere)
Jessica A. Hunt: Colloquy (World Premiere)

Civitas shares a double bill with Gaudete Brass in a rich array of works that draw inspiration from Greek mythology, the art of conversation, and the exquisite beauty of the venue itself.

Sponsored by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust

Admission: Free

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Spektral Quartet / Ensemble Dal Niente
Oct
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Spektral Quartet / Ensemble Dal Niente

Spektral Quartet

PROGRAM
Samuel Adams: Quartet Movement (World Premiere)
Tomeka Reid: Prospective Dwellers (World Premiere)
George Lewis: String Quartet 1.5: Experiments in Living (World Premiere)

Ensemble Dal Niente
Michael Lewanski, conductor

PROGRAM
Pierce Gradone: To Paint Their Madness (World Premiere- Fromm Foundation Commission)
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: stutter-step the concept (World Premiere)
Jeff Parker: Water on Glass (World Premiere)

Six world premieres by Chicago’s most ferocious composers are the hallmark of this main stage concert. Modernist George Lewis teams up with post-modernists Tomeka Reid and Samuel Adams in Spektral’s opening set. The second half of program features Ensemble Dal Niente interpreting the thorny works of Chris Fisher-Lochhead, the dynamic inventions of Pierce Gradone and a new composition by Jeff Parker of indie-rock band Tortoise, who joins the ensemble on synthesizer. 

Admission: $20 General / $10 Students
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The Latino Music Festival and Avalon String Quartet
Oct
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Latino Music Festival and Avalon String Quartet

The Latino Music Festival presents the Avalon String Quartet performing the eclectic new works of composers Elbio Barilari, Gustavo Leone and Enric Riu.  Lyrical, forceful, collaborative, and exploratory—this is a concert of virtuoso chamber music by Chicago’s leading Latino composers.  

PROGRAM
Elbio Barilari: Musing on the Nature of Time
Gustavo Leone: String Quartet No. 4 (U.S. Premiere)
Enric Riu: From Freigeld to the Bitcoin (World Premiere)

Admission: $15 General / $5 Students
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George Lewis Colloquium
Oct
7
3:30pm 3:30pm

George Lewis Colloquium

Colloquium: George Lewis

The University of Chicago’s Department of Music presents Chicago native George Lewis who will offer an in-depth exposition and discussion of his compositional process. A MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, Mr. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University and acclaimed author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: AACM and American Experimental Music. 

Admission: $5

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PianoForte Studios: WFMT Live Broadcast
Oct
7
12:00pm12:00pm

PianoForte Studios: WFMT Live Broadcast

The Civitas Ensemble headlines a 1-hour program of meditations, songs, and dances based on from the art of Paul Klee and the poetry of Carl Sandburg. Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley sings works by Larry Axelrod and Seth Boustead. Flutist Jennie Oh Brown channels her inner shakuhachi in Shawn Okpebholo’s On a Poem by Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square and celebrated composer/pianist George Flynn performs his Third Salvage Meditation, which confronts the violence of World War II and Vietnam.

PROGRAM
Augusta Read Thomas: Triple Marionette Movement 1 from Klee Musings
Shawn E. Okpebholo: On a Poem by Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square
Lee Hyla: One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric) (Chicago Premiere)
Seth Boustead: Chicago Song (World Premiere)
Lawrence Axelrod: From the Shore (World Premiere)
George Flynn: Third Salvage Meditation
Amy Wurtz: Songs and Dances (World Premiere)
Stacy Garrop: Teeny Tango

Admission: $5
This event is not part of the Festival Pass. Admission available by single ticket purchase only