We were talking before the Hideout show on Saturday and agreeing that the Fall seems like ages ago. It’s been a massive season for us, recording four albums and landing our first European concerts. Ultimately, though, it’s about our home crowd in Chicago, and our final concert of the season felt like a big hang in a living room…one that contains a stage and serves beer, anyway.
We are grateful to our friend, photographer Elliot Mandel, for covering the evening and giving us permission to share his excellent shots. Be sure to check him out on his website!
And how about soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw, y’all? We approached her with a pile of wicked-hard scores and she jumped right in. The collaboration opened up a whole new corner of the sound spectrum for us, and I think it’s safe to say that all five of us kind of fell in love with the music of Harrison Birtwistle as a side-effect.
As many of you know, we decided to add Lee Hyla’s String Quartet No. 4 to our program as a tribute to a composer who was and is so widely loved, admired and missed. As Russ said during the show, Lee ‘s quartet was a massive learning experience for us early on as a group, and it doesn’t surprise any of us that we continue to learn from him and his unique voice even throughout this week as we rehearsed. Hopefully those of you that were at the show had a chance to overhear one of the many stories being shared by his students around the bar and out on the patio.