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Institute for New Music

Upcoming Concerts

CMEContemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Ben Bolter and Taichi Fukumura, conductors

Hans Thomalla, Wonderblock 
Marcos Balter, Growth 
Kaija Saariaho, Io 
Hunter Hanson, new work  

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Spektral QuartetSpektral Quartet with Winston Choi, piano

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

Anthony Cheung, Bagatelles for piano quintet
George Lewis, String Quartet 1.5: Experiments in Living
Samuel Adams, Movement for String Quartet
Tomeka Reid, Prospective Dwellers

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Andrew NormanContemporary Music Ensemble: Andrew Norman

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Alan Pierson and Ben Bolter, conductors; Andrew Norman, guest composer

Andrew Norman, Try
Alex Mincek, Chamber Concert
Helmut Lachenmann, Mouvement

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Harris TheaterMusicNOW: Steve Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration

Monday, Nov 21, 7:00 p.m.
Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Alan Pierson, conductor 

Reich Different Trains
Reich Proverb
Reich Double Sextet

The CSO’s MusicNOW series pays tribute to Steve Reich's unrivaled musical contribution with a diverse program of works that highlights the breadth and invention of his existing work. Students from the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform Proverb

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Steve ReichSteve Reich Residency

February 8-9, 2017

Winner of the Bienen School’s 2016 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition.

Reich will be in residence to work with Bienen student ensembles and composers and attend a concert of his music.


Contemporary Music Ensemble: Steve Reich

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Steve Reich, City Life
Steve Reich, Clapping Music
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians

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Tony ArnoldContemporary Music Ensemble: Tony Arnold

Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater

Renowned new music vocalist Tony Arnold will be a visiting artist in winter quarter, coaching vocal students, working with student composers, and performing works by Georges Aperghis with the Bienen School’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.

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Spektral Quartet

Spektral Quartet

Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

The quartet will offer a performance of new works by Bienen School student composers. 

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Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

Flutist and new music entrepreneur Claire Chase will be on campus for her third year as an artist in residence at the Institute for New Music. Chase will coach student ensembles and composers, jointly teach a course with Hans Thomalla and perform the newest installment of her Density 2036 project.

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BCEBienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Donald Nally and Benjamin Bolter, conductors

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Millennium ParkContemporary Music Ensemble and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra

Sunday May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Benjamin Bolter and Victor Yampolsky, conductors

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Current Voices in Composition: Lecture Series

The Institute for New Music presents a series of composers speaking about their work, techniques, and compositional influences. All events take place at 5 p.m. in RCMA LL-121 and are free and open to the public. More information coming soon.

Andrew Norman
Friday, November 18

Enno Poppe
Thursday, December 1

Stacy Garrop
Tuesday, January 10

Sam Pluta
Tuesday, February 14

Alex Mincek
Tuesday, April 4

Seung-Won Oh
Date TBD