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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…

MusicNOW celebrates its 20th season in 2017-18

To celebrate its 20th season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music series MusicNOW will open with a retrospective program of…

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…

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…

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‘Illuminating Boulez’: The videos

“Illuminating Boulez,” this week’s MusicNOW program celebrating the legacy of composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, features the world premieres of two commissioned…

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.”

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,…

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…