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B is for Bobcat, Brown N’ Loud Market, and ‘booty bounce’ in this week’s round-up

B is also for bountiful, and there’s no shortage of intriguing events to check out this week, whether you’re looking for serious onstage drama, a musical meditation on Chicago’s lakeshore environment, or a celebration of Black women, queer, trans, femme, and/or gender nonconforming people.  Fri 10/22 Shattered Globe Theatre, in association with Interrobang Theatre Project, […]

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Spektral Quartet and Third Coast Percussion celebrate the work of Augusta Read Thomas

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious Mead Composer-in-Residence for the longest term so far (from 1997 to 2006, under both Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez), Augusta Read Thomas has been an indefatigable force in new music in Chicago as a composer, educator, and curator. Since 2010 she’s been a professor of music composition at the University […]

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Spektral Quartet give the local premiere of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet no. 2, all six hours of it

Last year I produced a concert in which fantastic Denver pianist R. Andrew Lee performed November, a masterpiece of minimalist solo piano composed by Dennis Johnson. What made it such an event was exactly what made attending it so daunting: duration. Never mind the effort required to make structural sense of a piece of music […]