So this is the concert for you folks who missed our Ear Taxi show and have been weeping in a darkened bedroom ever since. If you haven’t had a chance to see a show at Northwestern University’s Galvin Hall, you are in for some serious acoustic gratification. It may very well be the best-sounding chamber music hall in the city, and the back of the stage is literally a window to the Chicago skyline.
Here’s a time lapse video of the construction of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, which houses Galvin Hall:
As you know, one element that sets us apart (according to composers, anyway), is that we stage new works well beyond their premieres. Certain aspects of a new piece only reveal themselves over multiple hearings, so subsequent concerts only benefit from being...subsequent. We’ll have a had a chance to digest these new commissions from George Lewis, Tomeka Reid, and Samuel Adams since their Ear Taxi premieres – so don’t tell anyone, but those of you coming to this event are going to hear an even deeper delivery of these extraordinary works. Plus, we have Winston Choi with us to play Anthony Cheung’s “Bagatelles,” so, bonus!
Anthony Cheung - Bagatelles
Tomeka Reid - Prospective Dwellers
Samuel Adams - Quartet Movement
George Lewis - String Quartet 1.5: Experiments in Living