Program as part of the very excellent contemporary music series at the U of Chicago called Contempo including one of the best contemporary music groups in the world: Eighth Blackbird and guests: excellent program! Greg D in our group is going and I will try if I don't have orchestra practice.
A small hike down to U Chicago but this new arts center is fantastic and worth the trip as well.
Anna Weesner: Lift High, Reckon-Fly Low, Come Close
Brett Dean: Sextet (Old Kings in Exile)
Augusta Read Thomas: Twilight Butterfly
John Orfe: Leviathan for 2 clarinets and piano
Lei Liang: Yuan for saxophone quartet
A program of Chicago “firsts.” A recent work by Australian composer Brett Dean, Old Kings in Exile is a “masterly achievement” (Daily Telegraph) and co-commission by the Nash Ensemble, the Australia Ensemble and eighth blackbird. Performed by the pioneering Anubis ensemble, Lei Liang’s work for saxophone quartet is “a 15-minute tour de force: a dense example of profound cross-culturalism.” (James Keller, Chamber Music magazine)
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Won, clarinet