Bienen Ensembles

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

Ben Bolter, conductor

The Contemporary Music Ensemble’s first program of the year features works by three prominent living composers: Timo Andres, Missy Mazzoli, and Felipe Lara. Andres and Mazzoli are known for their genre-bending styles, melding elements of postminimalism, indie music, and electronica; Lara has received acclaim for his brilliant and technically challenging works. Andres describes his Checkered Shade as “a gradual zoom outward” in which small, repeated rhythmic figures develop into larger ideas. Mazzoli’s emotional In Spite of All This is a rhythmic, rock-infused rumination capturing “the vulnerability, anger, compassion, and optimism” of a world grappling with terrorism and war. Composed for large ensemble spread throughout a venue, Lara’s Fringes features waves of drones, buzzes, hums, and plinks passed among musicians across the performance space.  

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 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.