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With the launch of this website, the MCA has created a platform for archiving and publishing images and stories from our 50-year history. Though many pages currently lack descriptions or illustrations, we’re committed to a program of ongoing research that will fill in the blanks over time. If you have information about past MCA Stage events, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Blackearth Percussion - The Blackearth Percussion Group is an imaginative contemporary ensemble and one of the few American full-time professional percussion groups. This concert was their first Chicago performance following their successful European tour. Included were "Amores" by John Cage, "At Loose Ends" by Herbert Brun, "Les Moutons de Panurge" by Frederic Rzewski, "Marimbastucke" by Maki Ishii and several other works. The normal percussion section was augmented by such exotic instruments as a quarter-tone marimba, a five-octave marimba, three octaves of German cowbells and Chinese instruments.