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Claire Chase, flute

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

Lutkin Hall, $8/5

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Claire Chase Residency November 4-7

Claire Chase

Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, and activist for new music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute, many of the tailor-made for her. In 2014 she began Density 2036, a project to commission, premiere, and record an entirely new program of pieces for flute every year until 2036, the 100th anniversary of the eponymous and seminal piece by Edgard Varèse. 

for four flute soloists and 100 flute "migranti."Also in the 2014-15 season, Chase is music directing and playing as soloist in a series of performances of Salvatore Sciarrino's Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni 

Chase has released three solo albums, Aliento (2010), Terrestre (2012), and Density (2013). In 2014, she was selected as an inaugural Fellow of Project&, with which she will create several new works exploring the relationship between language, music, and social interaction over the next several years. In 2013, Chase was honored with a Crain's Business "40 Under 40" award, and she founded the Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century through commissions, community engagement, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, and advocacy.

As artist in residence at the Institute for New Music for the 2014-15 academic year, Chase will perform, work with student composers and performers, and develop and oversee entrepreneurial student projects. View the complete schedule for Part I of her residency, November 4-7


Darmstadt Fellowship Awardees Include Two Bienen School Students

At the conclusion of Germany's 2014 Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music on August 16, eight fellowship awards were given to participants. Two of the awards were given to Bienen School students: Weston Olencki, a 2014 graduate in trombone performance, and Katherine Young, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition. The Bienen School congratulates these students for achieving this highly selective honor and raising Chicago's prominence on the international new music scene. Over 400 participants from around the world attended this year's Summer Course. Read more about Darmstadt International Summer Course award recipients.