Saturday, October 28, 3-11 pm
Sunday, October 29, 10 am-10 pm
Theater tickets $15 for the first concert and $5 for each additional concert on the same day; All other events are free
Chicago’s illustrious contemporary music makers imagine the future of musical expression in an increasingly global and technologically complex culture. Sonic Impact tests the roles of composer, performer, and concert hall in the advent of global change in this unprecedented intensive festival of concerts, talks, and interactive installations taking place in the theater and galleries. Running day and night, each date is packed with extraordinary musicianship that engages the ear as it stimulates thought. This project honors the visiting British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and is produced with New Music Chicago and its acclaimed member groups.
New Music Chicago is an association of seventeen contemporary music ensembles formed to promote new music and to build an audience for music being composed today. Its ensembles work with one another to coordinate performances, building a community of working artists within the city.
Sonic Impact comes to the MCA as a channel for these new music artists to place their work in a contemporary setting, exploring technology’s contact with society and the shifting responsibility and function of composers. The program includes Chicago premieres of works by composers Joseph Schwantner, Seth Boustead, Gordon Beeferman, and Kevin James.
|Saturday, October 28|
|3 pm:||Opening Concert with honored guest composer Mark-Anthony Turnage with works by Paul Oehlers, Kirsten Broberg, Osvaldo Goliijov, and George Flynn; featuring MAVerick Ensemble presented by Chicago Composers Forum; Dal Niente; MusicNOW presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and New Music DePaul.|
|3 pm:||International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Dal Niente with works by Jason Eckardt, Iannis Xenakis, Ignacio Baca Lobera, Mario Davidovsky, and Louis Andriessen.|
|5 pm:||Green Mill Concert Series with works by Frank Abbinanti, Julia Miller, and George Flynn.|
|7:30 pm:||strange and imaginary animals|
eighth blackbird presented by University of Chicago CONTEMPO with works by Joseph Schwantner, Gordon Beeferman, Derek Bermel, and David M. Gordon.
|9:30 pm:||Between Lines and Spaces|
AACM Small Collective presented by Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, conducted by Mwata Bowden.
|Saturday’s Free Event|
|4 pm:||World Premiere of Sadako: Prayers for Peace by Kevin James, presented by Chicago Humanities Festival and performed by Fulcrum Point New Music Project with guest artists from the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (MCA Theater).|
|Sunday, October 29|
|10 am:||Jupiter Trio presented by New Music DePaul and MAVerick Ensemble presented by Chicago Composers Forum, with works by Kurt Westerberg, Juan Campoverde, Christopher Preissing, Tom Miller, and Ryan Ingebritsen.|
|1:30 pm:||YAGO (insects and architecture #2)|
SoundField and Ensemble N_JP with work by Gene Coleman.
|3 pm:||International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) & Dal Niente with works by Dai Fujikura, Dun Yun, Ignacio Baca Lobera, Mario Davidovsky, and Jason Eckhardt.|
|5 pm:||CUBE and Music for A While with works by Patricia Morehead, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Byung-Eun Yoo, Ramon Zupko, and Ralph Shapey.|
|7:30 pm:||Hard Art Groop with work by John Elmquist.|
|Sunday’s Free Events|
|11 am:||Columbia College Chicago New Music Ensemble and Callisto with works by Doug Lofstrom, Gustavo Leone, and Shulamit Ran (Fourth-floor lobby).|
|Noon:||Roundtable:Creating New Art Music in a Global Society with composers Nicole Mitchell, Paul Moravec, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, conductor Carmen Tellez, and Amy Iwano of Chicago Chamber Musicians (Kanter Meeting Center).|
|Noon:||PINOTAGE presented by Chicago Composers’ Consortium with works by Kathleen Ginther, Timothy Dwight Edwards, Lawrence Axelrod, Elizabeth Start, and Laura Elise Schwendinger (Fourth-floor lobby).|
|2 pm:||World premiere of Accessible Contemporary Music & Chicago Chamber Choir performing work by Seth Boustead (Fourth-floor lobby).|
|3 pm:||Family workshop: Making Art Sound (Kanter Meeting Center).|
|4 pm:||Solo performances by musicians from Dal Niente, MAVerick Ensemble, and MusicNOW presented by Chicago Symphony Orchestra with works by Augusta Read Thomas, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Mark Applebaum, Witold Lutoslawski, Christian Lauba, Kaija Saariaho, and Salvatorre Sciariino (Fourth-floor lobby)|