Bienen Ensembles

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

Ben Bolter, conductor
Jason Gluck, assistant conductor
Tania León, guest composer and 2023 winner of the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition
Maximo Grano de Oro, lighting designer
Sam Bessler, assistant lighting designer

The Contemporary Music Ensemble welcomes composer Tania León to the Bienen School with the sprightly rhythms of her work Toque, inspired by the Cuban dance tune "Almendra." The program also features Sam Pluta's Actuate/Resonate, in which the ensemble becomes (in the composer's words) "a giant synthesized drum machine," as well as the world premiere of Elliott Lupp's I think my legs might be broken and Michael Gordon's propulsive Yo Shakespeare

Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare 
Elliott Lupp, I think my legs might be broken (world premiere) 
Sam Pluta, Actuate/Resonate 
Tania León, Toque 

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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.