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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.”

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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….

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Marc Mellits on ‘Splinter’

Marc Mellits, Splinter (2014) | Chicago premiere Duration: 17 minutes Instrumentation: oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, and bass clarinet The movements: Scarlet Oak…

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Sam Pluta on ‘Tile Mosaic (After Chagall)’

Sam Pluta, Tile Mosaic (After Chagall) (2010) | Chicago premiere Duration: 8:50 minutes Instrumentation: two percussionists and piano four hands Commissioned…

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Katherine Young on ‘where the moss glows’

Katherine Young, where the moss glows (2016) | World premiere, MusicNOW commission Duration: 14 minutes Instrumentation: clarinet, bassoon, tuba, electric guitar,…