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loadbang: Plays Well With Others Release Event

The acclaimed ensemble loadbang celebrates the release of “Plays Well With Others”, a New Focus Recordings project, with a live concert featuring members Jeffrey Gavett (baritone voice), Andrew Kozar (trumpet), William Lang (trombone) and Adrián Sandí (clarinet). The program will include works by composers Eve Beglarian, Taylor Brook, Reiko Füting, Paula Matthusen, Heather Stebbins, and […]

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SONGS FROM LETTERS

Chicago Fringe Opera presents a spotlight series concert as part of the Ear Taxi Festival featuring song cycles of Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen (ACF's co-founder and a BandQuest composer), and Dominick Argento. This unique collaboration features singers Jennifer Schuler, Bridget Skaggs, and David Govertsen, with pianist Mark Bilyeu. Stage direction by CFO Artistic Director George […]

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SONGS FROM LETTERS

Chicago Fringe Opera presents a spotlight series concert as part of the Ear Taxi Festival featuring song cycles of Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen (ACF's co-founder and a BandQuest composer), and Dominick Argento. This unique collaboration features singers Jennifer Schuler, Bridget Skaggs, and David Govertsen, with pianist Mark Bilyeu. Stage direction by CFO Artistic Director George […]

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Andreas Conducts Brahms 1

Music Director Andreas Delfs opens the program with Richard Wagner’s Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey. Jennifer Higdon’s (a BandQuest and ChoralQuest composer) award-winning Violin Concerto, praised as “an attractive, colourful work, scored most imaginatively and with great finesse” (Gramophone), features soloist Benjamin Beilman. Despite taking the composer over a decade to complete, Johann Brahms’s First Symphony was worth […]

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ReMembering: Singing Water

ReMembering: Singing Water is an original choral film that explores Minnesota as a place of both home and exile for immigrants, LGBTQ people, and Indigenous people. Interconnected stories are brought to life through choral music, spoken word, animation, and life size puppets. ReMembering is a collaboration with water protector Sharon Day; puppeteer Sandy Spieler; singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen; and features performances […]

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Premier of The Garden Sept. 24th-26th, 2021

Premier of Open Flame Theatre's THE GARDEN - an original queer, surrealist opera. After the initial postponement of Open Flame Theatre's 2020 premiere at the Southern, they will be premiering THE GARDEN at Philadelphia Community Farm from Friday, September 24, 2021 to Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 7 PM CT each night. Content warnings for […]

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Salastina: Main Series Concert No. 1 – Transfiguration

Salastina's season-opener centers around themes of transcendence, renewal, sublimation, and growth. They will play the music of four guest composers who dropped into the group’s virtual series — Michi and Paul Wiancko, Kenji Bunch (an innova artist), and Judd Greenstein (a ChoralQuest composer)— along with a chamber classic, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. These in-person performances will […]

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Premier of The Garden Sept. 24th-26th, 2021

Premier of Open Flame Theatre's THE GARDEN - an original queer, surrealist opera. After the initial postponement of Open Flame Theatre's 2020 premiere at the Southern, they will be premiering THE GARDEN at Philadelphia Community Farm from Friday, September 24, 2021 to Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 7 PM CT each night. Content warnings for […]

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Salastina: Main Series Concert No. 1 – Transfiguration

Salastina's season-opener centers around themes of transcendence, renewal, sublimation, and growth. They will play the music of four guest composers who dropped into the group’s virtual series — Michi and Paul Wiancko, Kenji Bunch (an innova artist), and Judd Greenstein (a ChoralQuest composer)— along with a chamber classic, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. These in-person performances will […]

Welcome Back Family and Friends Chamber Concert

ACO musicians including violinist Karen Kim, cellist Eugene Moye, pianist Christopher Oldfather, flutist Laura Conwesser, clarinetist Liam Burke, and percussionist Javier Diaz will perform music by a broad array of composers, many of whom are close to the orchestra – including current and former ACO Board of Directors members Alvin Singleton (a BandQuest composer), Augusta Gross, Melinda Wagner, Robert Beaser, and Jonathan Bailey Holland.  The program features the […]

LOOM•ROOM•HARP

Fırat Erdim & Paula Matthusen & Olivia Valentine Panel Discussion LOOM · ROOM · HARP weaves together inside and outside, near and far, visible and invisible, artifacts of the past and actions in the present, through the infilled colonnade of the Anderson Gallery at Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa. This site-specific installation and series […]