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Spring Sampler Pack featuring Tony Arnold

Concert
Spring Sampler Pack featuring Tony Arnold
When
Sat, Jun 14, 2014
8:30pm - Tickets Available Soon - 21+
Where
1354 West Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60642
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How do we close out such a high-octane season? By teaming up with one of the world's preeminent new-music vocalists, of course. Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed run as the lead in David Lang's The Whisper Opera, soprano Tony Arnold joins us to wrap the year with her peerless feats of vocal acuity and luster.

Program TBA

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Album Release Tour with Julien Labro

Concert
Album Release Tour with Julien Labro
When
Sat, May 17, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
1700 South Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526
Other Info
The music of Astor Piazzolla is well known to North American audiences, but what came after the Tango Nuevo revolution?

Julien Labro (bandoneon, accordion, accordina) and the Spektral Quartet have set out to uncover exactly that with their upcoming album on Azica Records. With blistering new tunes by Diego Schissi, Fernando Otero and Miguel Zenón (guest soloist on the record) and knockout arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, Labro and the Spektral Quartet seek to introduce American audiences to a largely-unheard corner of new South American repertoire, and to continue to ask, What comes next?

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Album Release Tour with Julien Labro

Concert
Album Release Tour with Julien Labro
When
Fri, May 16, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
308 W. Johnson St
Hart, MI 49420
Other Info
The music of Astor Piazzolla is well known to North American audiences, but what came after the Tango Nuevo revolution?

Julien Labro (bandoneon, accordion, accordina) and the Spektral Quartet have set out to uncover exactly that with their upcoming album on Azica Records. With blistering new tunes by Diego Schissi, Fernando Otero and Miguel Zenón (guest soloist on the record) and knockout arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, Labro and the Spektral Quartet seek to introduce American audiences to a largely-unheard corner of new South American repertoire, and to continue to ask, What comes next?

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Album Release Tour with Julien Labro

Concert
Album Release Tour with Julien Labro
When
Thu, May 15, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
415 N. 4th Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Other Info
The music of Astor Piazzolla is well known to North American audiences, but what came after the Tango Nuevo revolution?

Julien Labro (bandoneon, accordion, accordina) and the Spektral Quartet have set out to uncover exactly that with their upcoming album on Azica Records. With blistering new tunes by Diego Schissi, Fernando Otero and Miguel Zenón (guest soloist on the record) and knockout arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, Labro and the Spektral Quartet seek to introduce American audiences to a largely-unheard corner of new South American repertoire, and to continue to ask, What comes next?


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CD Release Party with Julien Labro

Concert
CD Release Party with Julien Labro
When
Wed, May 14, 2014
7:30pm - Buy Tickets
Where
1200 W Randolph St

Cihcago, IL 60607
Other Info
The music of Astor Piazzolla is well known to North American audiences, but what came after the Tango Nuevo revolution?

Julien Labro (bandoneon, accordion, accordina) and the Spektral Quartet have set out to uncover exactly that with their upcoming album on Azica Records. With blistering new tunes by Diego Schissi, Fernando Otero and Miguel Zenón (guest soloist on the record) and knockout arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, Labro and the Spektral Quartet seek to introduce American audiences to a largely-unheard corner of new South American repertoire, and to continue to ask, What comes next?

Where better to drink in this tantalizing music than City Winery, where the beer flows like wine.

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COUNTERPOINT

Concert
COUNTERPOINT
When
Sat, May 10, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Other Info
Finally! Due to an unfortunate temporary setback in January, we had to postpone our Counterpoint concert. We're really happy to be able to bring it to you in the enveloping acoustics of the University's Fulton Hall.

Read all about the program here.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
510 East College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida, a stop at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel and landing in beautiful downtown Appleton. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
5850 South Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637
Other Info
After a week in Miami, FL, we're bringing our partnership with the Grammy-nominated chamber choir, Seraphic Fire to Hyde Park's magnificent Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ has been an annual fixture for us, and paired this year with the exquisite voices of Seraphic Fire, promises to be a poignant and eloquent addition to the Easter season.

This concert is part of the University of Chicago Presents series, and is made possible by a generous gift by The Clinton Family Foundation.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Sun, Apr 13, 2014
4:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
4025 Pine Tree Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida that culminates in a performance at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Sat, Apr 12, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
333 Tarpon Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida that culminates in a performance at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
536 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida that culminates in a performance at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Thu, Apr 10, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
100 Northeast Mizner Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33429
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida that culminates in a performance at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire

Concert
Haydn: Seven Last Words with Seraphic Fire
When
Wed, Apr 09, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
2401 Southwest 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Other Info
Seraphic Fire is a name impossible to miss these days, since the Miami-based chamber choir was nominated for two Grammys last year. The two ensembles are joining forces for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ this Easter season, with a tour of South Florida that culminates in a performance at Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. Whatever one’s spiritual persuasion, Haydn’s masterpiece creates a poignant, meditative space in which to ponder loss, hope and redemption.

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Mobile Minatures: The Ringtone Project

Concert
Mobile Minatures: The Ringtone Project
When
Thu, Apr 03, 2014
8:00pm - $10 at the door, Free with UCID - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Other Info
We're bringing our Mobile Miniatures event to Hyde Park! If you couldn't make it out to Constellation for the debut, or if you just want to experience it all again, join us in Fulton Hall to explore the interactive installation and hear us play the Miniatures live and in the flesh!

On the program:

Shulamit Ran: Ringtone Suite
Augusta Read: Thomas: You're just about to miss your call
Tomas Gueglio: 1799
and many more.

More information about the installation HERE

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Mobile Miniatures: The Ringtone Project

Concert
Mobile Miniatures: The Ringtone Project
When
Sat, Mar 29, 2014
8:30pm - Admission includes 5 free ringtone downloads! - 21+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Other Info
Since the start, we have endeavored to spread classical and new music beyond the concert hall. Each of us has also spent waayy too much time staring at our phones. Enter: Mobile Miniatures!

With collaborators such as David Lang, Nico Muhly, Ted Hearne, Julia Holter, and Chicago luminaries like Augusta Read Thomas, Mason Bates, Shulamit Ran and Jay Alan Yim, Spektral is commissioning and recording these miniature works for release as downloadable ringtones, alerts and alarms.

With a roster of composers 47 strong, the Mobile Miniatures project launches publicly with an interactive exhibition and live performance at Constellation on March 29th.

Please join us to celebrate the release of these teeny-tinys out into the world! More information HERE

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UChicago Sightreading Party!

Concert
UChicago Sightreading Party!
When
Tue, Feb 25, 2014
7:00pm - FREE - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Other Info
Are you a University of Chicago student, faculty, staff, alum, or affiliate of any sort? Play a stringed instrument?

Join us for a rollicking reading party of Concerto Grossi from the powdered wig set. No conductor, no rules. Well... some rules. Violinists shalt not play sharp!

Oh, and we're also cooking up something good for the setlist. No hints yet.

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Sampler Pack: Counterpoint

Concert
Sampler Pack: Counterpoint
When
Sun, Feb 09, 2014
8:30pm - 21+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Other Info
"Counterpoint" is the theme of this Sampler Pack, as the Quartet navigates this revered compositional language with Bach's Art of the Fugue, juxtaposing selected Contrapuncti with Shulamit Ran's Bach Shards, a world premiere by art-punk prodigy David Reminick, and movements from Ligeti's Quartet No. 2, Beethoven's Op. 132 and Marcos Balter's Chambers.

More info HERE

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Clarion Call: World Premiere by Augusta Read Thomas

This Sunday, our concert at Constellation will begin with the resonance of a harp.  Not a usual occurrence for one of our Sampler Packs, but we’re all the happier that the incredibly talented and gracious Ben Melsky was willing to step in and join Russ as a part of our effort to make good out of a bad situation.  Even better still, those resonating tones are the initials of Mary Louise Gorno transformed into music for cello and harp by the infinitely skillful and energetic Augusta Read Thomas.

Gusty

This performance will mark public premiere of “Clarion”.  Just weeks ago, it was dedicated to Gorno at a private celebration in the home of University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer.  It’s a true testament to the importance of the arts at U of C (to which we can attest by our weekly visits to Hyde Park) that this work was commissioned by and performed in the president’s home.  In fact, much of the history of music is music written in just such a way: to celebrate weddings, coronations, beloved colleagues…the list goes on and on.  Augusta says, regarding the traits of this work inspired by Gorno “This short work is very soulful, and graceful, like her.”

At just three minutes, it is a poetic feat that Augusta has captured so many sides of this prismatic character in such a short span of time.  Her collaborative spirit as a composer, and sensitivity to what performers can achieve and capture live, allows her such striking stylistic virtuosity.  Rehearsals and composition classes with her are imbued with the bubbling energies of her music and the more we’ve worked with her (whether at the University or on our Ringtones project), the more her passion for exploring musical characters has inspired us.  

You can hear the public premiere of “Clarion” in all its brilliantly clear lyricism and elegant optimism this Sunday on the Frequency Series.

Very Open Rehearsal

Concert
Very Open Rehearsal
When
Sun, Jan 26, 2014
3:00pm - FREE - See music.uchicago.edu/events for more details - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Other Info
Presenting An Open Rehearsal With A Refreshing Twist


Watch the Spektral Quartet rehearse a piece of music they’ve never seen before. But here’s the kicker: YOU get to interject, critique, ask a question, and even suggest musical ideas for the quartet to try.

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Chamber Music with Rachel Kolly d’Alba and Christian Chamorel

Concert
Chamber Music with Rachel Kolly and Christian Chamorel
When
Fri, Nov 22, 2013
7:00pm -
Where
Allée Ernest-Ansermet 3
Lausanne, Switzerland 1003
Other Info
Our first trip to Europe! We're performing Chausson's gorgeous Concerto for violin, piano, and string quartet with Rachel Kolly d'Alba and Christian Chamorel. This phenomenal Swiss duo came to Chicago in September for Beethoven Festival and now we are heading their way for performances and a recording session.


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