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  • Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Patten Road Highwood, IL, 60035 United States (map)

Get back to nature with just a short drive up the Lake Michigan coast! Our first concert of the season takes place at one of the most verdant and stress-relieving landscapes in the Chicagoland area, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, where we’ll unveiling the world premiere of Tonia Ko’s Plain, Air.

A truly unique concert experience, you’ll be surrounded by Clara, Maeve, and Doyle playing as we all stroll beneath the trees and amongst the prairie grasses toward the outdoor stage, where Russ awaits us. Inspired by the natural sounds of this very preserve during her site visit last year, Tonia’s Plain, Air weaves electronics with the quartet’s playing in an intimate exchange, heightening your awareness of the soundscape and landscape surrounding you in this idyllic setting.

Says Tonia, “One element of the landscape that I am particularly interested in is way the land slopes down to the water. The area where the steep bluffs begin seems to be the most unique and ecologically fragile part of the preserve, and I’ve transcribed this concept into musical terms.”

Co-presented with Chicago-based conservation organization Openlands, this event features a catered reception and the opportunity to interact with champions and stewards of our local, natural environment.


Tickets for this event are $75 and are available by invitation.  If you would like an invitation, please fill out this form and we will follow up with you.

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Spektral Quartet would like to offer special and heartfelt thanks to Chamber Music America for its generosity in commissioning Plain, Air.  This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.