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2020-21 MAINSTAGE SEASON

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Our sixth season programming is inspired by the phrase “Yes, and….”, a tenet of improvisational comedy where a participant accepts what another participant has given them and then expands on it. Given the ever-evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking our innovative programming in another direction, and we look forward to sharing it with you all.

FOUND OBJECTS: REMIXED

NOVEMBER 2020

A reprise of our October 2019 performance of Jenni Brandon's Found Objects, partnered with pieces by Alex Shapiro and Hilary Tann. In partnership with New Music Chicago.

Jenni Brandon | Found Objects: On the Beach

Alex Shapiro | Re:pair

Hilary Tann | Songs of the Cotton Grass

Alicia Berneche, soprano

Andrew Marlin, bassoon

Laura Perkett, oboe

Daniel Williams, clarinet

PAIRED: THE SONATA

JANUARY 2021

Come and revel in this beloved form with W.A. Mozart's operatic Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454 and Mélanie Bonis' evocative Sonata in f-sharp minor, Op. 112. Also featuring short works by Lili Boulanger and William Walton.

 

Lili Boulanger: Two Pieces for Violin and Piano 

Mélanie Bonis: Sonate pour Violon et Piano in F# minor, Op. 112

W.A. Mozart: Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major, K.454 

William Walton: Two Pieces for Violin and Piano 

Caroline Rothstein, violin

Talar Khosdeghian, piano

PORTRAITS OF LANGSTON

MARCH 2021

Two literary giants walk side by side in Portraits of Langston: join us as we explore Valerie Coleman's setting of poetry by Langston Hughes and Juliana Hall's settings of sonnets by William Shakespeare.

A GARDEN'S TIME PIECE

APRIL 2021

A lush musical tapestry that reflects on the passage of time, Susan Kander's eponymous setting of Leslie Laskey's poetry anchors this program. Also featuring works by Eric Ewazen, Jennifer Higdon, and Gustav Holst.

Jennifer Higdon: Trumpet Songs 

Gustav Holst: Four Songs for Voice and Violin

Susan Kander: A Garden's Time Piece

Eric Ewazen: Trio for trumpet, violin, and piano

Ryan Berndt, trumpet

Alicia Berneche, soprano

Talar Khosdeghian, piano

Danielle Simandl, violin

FACSIMILE

MAY 2021

Co-commissioned with Citywater and New Music Detroit, this is the Chicago premiere of Griffin Candey's Facsimile: A Chamber Cello Concerto. In the composer's words, the piece "delves into memory — how memory can be something... personal or collective, quiet or weaponized."

Photo Credit: Susan Candey