Listen to any work by Raphaël Cendo and you will immediately feel its energy. Born in France and now based in Berlin, Cendo describes his affinity for both sonic and kinetic excess as an exploration of “saturation”—in terms of timbre, intensity, space, and gesture. The ever-ambitious musicians of Either/Or and Yarn/Wire team up for this exhilarating Portrait of Cendo’s chamber works, which includes the knockout Direct Action, written for Yarn/Wire.
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, an 18-member triple-Grammy-nominated postmodern big band, is marked by driving rhythms, a powerful brass section, and harmonically rich orchestration. A genre defying sculptor of timbre and texture, Argue is a visionary composer and bandleader whose skillful band comprises the city’s top jazz soloists.
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein
Called “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” by The Chicago Reader, the Mivos Quartet returns for a unique program highlighting their members as composers. In addition to works by Marisol Jimenez and Jeffrey Mumford, violist/composer Victor Lowrie’s Streya for violin solo follows a premiere by cellist/composer Mariel Roberts of a new work for string quartet written for the occasion.
Major support for Pop-Up Concerts is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Dow Jones Foundation.
Thomas Tallis’s setting of the Lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah is undeniably one of the most revered works of the Renaissance canon. While 16th century Roman Catholics like Tallis primarily associated this text, which describes the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem, with Holy Thursday, Tallis’s beautiful arrangement of the verses transcends liturgical use. Performed by the superb singers of New York Polyphony, this story of finding faith in times of despair proves as relevant today as it has throughout millennia.
Photo by Chris Owyoung