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Qasim Naqvi on ‘Fjoloy’

Qasim Naqvi, Fjoloy (2014) | U.S. premiere Duration: 15 minutes (three of the work’s seven movements will be performed: I….


Marc Mellits’ tree-inspired quintet ‘Splinter’ goes with the grain

Splinter by Chicago-based composer Marc Mellits leads off the season-opening concert Oct. 10 of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series….


Samuel Adams on ‘Light Readings’

Samuel Adams, Light Readings (2016) | World premiere of a MusicNOW commission Duration: 28 minutes Instrumentation: 25 voices and eight…


Tristan Perich on ‘Surface Image’

Tristan Perich, Surface Image (2013) | Chicago premiere Duration: 60 minutes Instrumentation: Solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics Commissioned by…

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Clyne Postponeless Creature 
[MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]
Bates Indigo Workshop
Boulez Dérive 2

. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Sam Adams explains how he came to create ‘Light Readings’

Light Readings, a commissioned work by Sam Adams, the CSO’s Mead co-composer-in-residence, will receive its world premiere June 6 at…


On Pierre Boulez’s ‘Dérive 2’

Pierre Boulez, Dérive 2 (1988/2006/2009) Duration: 45 minutes Instrumentation: Large ensemble Dedicated to Elliott Carter Premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain on Sept. 14, 2002,…


Of ‘Fjoloy,’ its composer advises: listen without prejudice

Qasim Naqvi’s Fjoloy, which will receive its U.S. premiere in a MusicNOW concert June 6, began as a set-specific, interdisciplinary work….


Composer compares ‘Surface Image’ to the ‘sound of electricity’

Scored for traditional instrumentation combined with 1-bit electronics, Surface Image is “a duet between musician and code, exploring an interest…

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‘Intent on Resurrection’ composer believes ‘music should be seen as well as heard’

Italian-born composer Clara Iannotta is particularly interested in music as an existential, physical experience. She believes music should be seen…


‘Waterlines,’ says composer, ‘just descended upon me and needed to be written’

Based in New York City, Christopher Trapani creates works that defy simple categorization. Weaving American and European stylistic strands into a…


Clara Iannotta on ‘Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing’

Clara Iannotta: Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing (2014) | Chicago premiere Duration: 14 minutes Instrumentation: Large ensemble…