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a•pe•ri•od•ic ensemble

Part of "Everything was designed to make us sound": Hannah Arendt and Aesthetic Judgement

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:30pm CDT

McClintock Choral and Recital Room

Chicago-based ensemble a•pe•ri•od•ic specializes in notated, acoustic, experimental music. Led by Northwestern alumna Nomi Epstein, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by such composers as Michael Pisaro, Catherine Lamb, Eva-Maria Houben, Jürg Frey, and Pauline Oliveros. a•pe•ri•od•ic has released two albums—more or less in 2014, and for a•pe•ri•od•ic in 2019—on the New Focus Recordings label. Their performance features music by Yoko Ono, Antoine Beuger, Nomi Epstein, and more.

inti figgis-vizueta, Open Space 
Laura Steenberge, Ritual for Three 
Yoko Ono, Pieces for Orchestra 
Nomi Epstein, study 
Antoine Beuger, dass das, was ist, nicht alles ist 

Free Event

"Everything was designed to make us sound": Hannah Arendt and Aesthetic Judgement

May 18-20 at the Bienen School of Music

About the Symposium

Accompanying the rise of authoritarian political movements across the globe in the last decade has been renewed public interest in the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). Her critique of totalitarianism, provocative thesis on the “banality of evil,” and full-throated defense of the democratic public sphere have retained their value in the decades since she first proposed them. What has received far less attention is her consideration of the relationship between politics and the arts and listening, particularly as they are connected by the human faculty of judgement and the development of common sense. An international group of scholars and artists will gather for a workshop on the role of music, art, and political judgement in resilient democracies. In addition to the scholarly presentations, the event will launch with a concert by a•pe•ri•od•ic, that will feature music inspired by and in dialog with Hannah Arendt’s aesthetics and the writings of Cecilia Sjöholm and Brigid Cohen.  

Funding for this event has been provided by the program in Critical Theory, the Alumnae Association of Northwestern, The Kreeger Wolf Fund, the Institute for New Music, the Department of Music Studies, and the Programs in Musicology and Music Theory & Cognition, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and the Goethe Institut.


May 18
a•pe•ri•od•ic ensemble
McClintock Choral and Recital Room

May 19
Keynote by Cecilia Sjöholm
Regenstein Master Class Room

May 20
Presentations and Responses
Jean Gimbel Lane Reception Room

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David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this rooms seats 120 and offers a flexible space for choral rehearsals, small ensemble performances, and student recitals.