This March finds us taking a slice of Chicago down-state to Illinois State University's Red Note Festival for new music. We'll bring some of our favorite Windy City composers to Bloomington, including Chris Fisher-Lochhead, Hans Thomalla, Daniel Dehaan and Marcos Balter. We'll cap off the concert with a performance of a piece that's quickly working its way into our favorite repertoire: Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 2, a work of astonishing breadth of expression and compositional command.
The festival features a full week of performances and a bevy of performing artists, including featured guest composer Joan Tower. We'll be at ISU for two days, with a range of activities including master classes for string students and readings of new works by student composers. We're looking forward to more than just bringing our repertoire to this new place, but discovering the culture around newly composed music at ISU and hearing the new sounds their students are dreaming up.
Illinois State University's Performing Arts Center.