Bienen Ensembles

Concert and Live Stream: Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 4:00pm

Galvin Recital Hall

This concert will also be presented as a live stream. Visit after 3:50 p.m. Central on February 2 to view the performance.

Donald Nally, conductor

Joined by a chamber ensemble, the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble performs two contemporary works exploring the full range of human needs and hopes. In The Branch Will Not Break (2015), Christopher Cerrone sets words of James Arlington Wright, whose raw poetry acknowledges despair and searches for meaning. Julia Wolfe’s Thirst (2008) looks at water—our need for it, and its fragile presence and absence in the world, with words of Isaiah as the work’s foundation: “the poor search for water and there is none.”

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.