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Biber of the Baroque inspires Elizabeth Ogonek’s world premiere ‘In Silence’

This season’s MusicNOW series closes with the world premiere of In Silence, written by Mead Composer-in Residence Elizabeth Ogonek. Scored…

Djuro Živković explains the origins of ‘On the Guarding of the Heart’

On the Guarding of the Heart, an evocative 20-minute piece for chamber orchestra by composer Djuro Živković, won the 2014…

How Steve Reich ‘opened up and illuminated a completely new world’

Steve Reich is that most rare creature, an American composer who has been a leading, regularly performed voice in the…

How Pierre Boulez and Pauline Oliveros shaped ‘shadows of listening’

This week’s MusicNOW program, celebrating the legacy of composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, features the world premieres of two commissioned works: Marcos…

At 80, iconic composer Steve Reich continues to move forward

With his legacy secure, composer Steve Reich feels confident about the future of contemporary music: “In America [it’s] maybe the richest [era] that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.”

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….

CSO musicians share memories of Boulez, ahead of MusicNOW salute

The CSO doesn’t readily bestow the title of principal guest conductor. In the orchestra’s long history, only three conductors have…

Steve Reich reflects on ‘Different Trains,’ ‘Proverb’ and ‘Double Sextet’

In 2016, American icon Steve Reich celebrates his 80th birthday. The CSO’s MusicNOW series, along with Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music,…

Sam Pluta rotates ‘big blocks of sound’ in his ‘Tile Mosaic’

In his artist’s statement for Tile Mosaic (After Chagall), composer Sam Pluta observes: “In a century of unspeakable horrors, Chagall…

MusicNOW series receives a new component: original artwork

Audiences expect to hear new music at MusicNOW concerts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music series, which opens its 2016-17…

Katherine Young’s ‘where the moss glows’ aims for element of surprise

The first MusicNOW concert of the 2016-17 season will feature two world premieres by Chicago-based composers: where the moss glows by…