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    We Need Volunteers for Thirsty Ears

    Chicago’s only classical music street festival returns to Ravenswood on August 13 and 14 but we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers to help us at the entrances, in… Read More »We Need Volunteers for Thirsty Ears

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    Early Bird Vendor Registration for 2022 Thirsty Ears Festival

    Access Contemporary Music has been bringing ground-breaking, innovative programming to audiences for over a decade. With a focus on introducing new audiences to bold modern music in uniquely approachable settings,… Read More »Early Bird Vendor Registration for 2022 Thirsty Ears Festival

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    Concept Lab: Volume XIII is this Sunday in Manhattan

      ACM’s process-based series continues with Concept Lab: Volume XIII.  Concept Lab is New York’s only concert series featuring works in progress, experimental works, improvisational works and pieces in all… Read More »Concept Lab: Volume XIII is this Sunday in Manhattan

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    Thirsty Ears Festival 2022 Lineup Announced

    It’s almost time for Chicago’s only classical music street festival and the lineup for this year is a doozy!  We’re thrilled to bring back some favorite groups from the past,… Read More »Thirsty Ears Festival 2022 Lineup Announced

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    Relevant Tones: Classical Next 2022 Part I

    Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more.… Read More »Relevant Tones: Classical Next 2022 Part I

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    Relevant Tones: Annika Socolofsky

    Annika Socolofsky is a composer and avant folk vocalist who explores corners and colors of the voice frequently deemed to be “untrained” and not “classical.” Described as “unbearably moving” (Gramophone)… Read More »Relevant Tones: Annika Socolofsky

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    Composer Alive: Third Installment Performance

    Composer Alive is an innovative commissioning project in which we work with a composer to write a new piece in installments and rehearse and record each installment in front of… Read More »Composer Alive: Third Installment Performance

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    Relevant Tones: Barry Paul Clark

    Barry Paul Clark is an active composer, bassist and improvising musician and he’s a frequent collaborator with artists of all disciplines nationally and internationally. Host Austin Williams talks with him… Read More »Relevant Tones: Barry Paul Clark

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    Apply to Perform on the Thirsty Ears Festival

    ACM’s Thirsty Ears Festival will be held on August 13 and 14 this year.  The event is Chicago’s only classical music street festival and combines performances by our resident Palomar… Read More »Apply to Perform on the Thirsty Ears Festival

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    Relevant Tones: Étude 21

    Throughout the centuries composers have challenged performers to new heights of manual dexterity by writing études, pieces of music expressly designed to push the boundaries of what is technically possible.… Read More »Relevant Tones: Étude 21

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    Relevant Tones: Found Technology

    Composers Kelly Sheehan and Chi Wang are finding great creativity in everyday technological objects like Wii remotes. Host Austin Williams gives us a glimpse into this fascinating musical world.

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    Relevant Tones: D-Composed

    D-Composed is a Chicago-based chamber music experience that honors Black creativity and culture through the music of Black composers. Since 2017, they have created intimate, out-of-the-box experiences that celebrate a… Read More »Relevant Tones: D-Composed

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    Relevant Tones: Fire Shut Up in My Bones

    New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s widely acclaimed memoir is the source for this extremely moving story of his traumatic youth in Louisiana. Composer Terence Blanchard, one of the… Read More »Relevant Tones: Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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    Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

    The 17th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival is April 16th at the beloved Music Box Theater. We are so excited to present an all-new program of modern silent films… Read More »Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Composer Alive Second Installment Open Rehearsal

    Composer Alive is an innovative commissioning project in which we work with a composer to write a new piece in installments and rehearse and record each installment in front of… Read More »Composer Alive Second Installment Open Rehearsal

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    Composer Alive: Samsaminia First Installment Posted

    Composer Alive is an innovative commissioning project in which we work with a composer to write a new piece in installments and rehearse and record each installment in front of… Read More »Composer Alive: Samsaminia First Installment Posted

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    Relevant Tones: Nick Zoulek

    Versatile saxophonist, composer and improviser Nick Zoulek specializes in an innovative technique that allows him to play multiple notes at the same time or use multiple techniques at the same… Read More »Relevant Tones: Nick Zoulek

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    Relevant Tones: New Release by Ensemble Dal Niente

    Dal Niente’s new release features works performed during their 2020-2021 season, in the midst of a global pandemic.  The pieces on this album reflect their mantra that art must always… Read More »Relevant Tones: New Release by Ensemble Dal Niente

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    Relevant Tones: Caroline Shaw

    She’s the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, she toured with Kanye, and the Met Museum’s Limor Tomer called her the “future of music.” Caroline Shaw is… Read More »Relevant Tones: Caroline Shaw

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    Relevant Tones: Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female

    Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female is a three volume series, which celebrates and highlights women composers from the 17th century to the present day. These recordings feature more than… Read More »Relevant Tones: Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female

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    Relevant Tones: Tunes for Twosday

    Relevant Tones is ACM’s podcast about the most fascinating time in classical history: right now. We celebrate Twosday (2/22/22) with antiphonal pieces selected by host Austin Williams.

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    Relevant Tones: Sounds From Ukraine

    In 2015 we corresponded with several composers from Ukraine, at that time openly at war, about the challenges they faced. With Ukraine in the news again and the future again… Read More »Relevant Tones: Sounds From Ukraine

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    Reserve a Spot for the Composer Alive Open Readings Session One

    Composer Alive is an innovative commissioning project in which we work with a composer to write a new piece in installments and rehearse and record each installment in front of… Read More »Reserve a Spot for the Composer Alive Open Readings Session One

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    Relevant Tones: Elizabeth A. Baker

    Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces… Read More »Relevant Tones: Elizabeth A. Baker

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    Sound of Silent Film Festival 2022 Program Announced

    The program is set for this year’s Sound of Silent Film Festival and it’s a doozy!  Our esteemed film review panel has chosen ten films this year out of the… Read More »Sound of Silent Film Festival 2022 Program Announced

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    Relevant Tones: Jimmy López Bellido

    Award-winning composer Jimmy López Bellido has been performed by leading orchestras and his music has been heard in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. His opera based on the… Read More »Relevant Tones: Jimmy López Bellido

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    Relevant Tones: Angel Island Oratorio

    Angel Island – Oratorio for Voices and Strings by Huang Ruo is inspired by the poems carved into the walls at the detention center at Angel Island Immigration Station during the… Read More »Relevant Tones: Angel Island Oratorio

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    Arshia Samsaminia is Our Next ‘Composer Alive’

    Composer Alive is an innovative commissioning project in which we work with a composer to write a new piece in installments Each installment is sent to us as the composer… Read More »Arshia Samsaminia is Our Next ‘Composer Alive’

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    Relevant Tones: Undying Love

    Based on the rap song of the same title by Nas, Undying Love is a tragic love story set in 1960’s Queens, New York. Stephen Anthony Rawson talks with composer/librettist… Read More »Relevant Tones: Undying Love

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    Submit Your Score and Proposal for Concept Lab

    SEPTEMBER SONGWRITING SHOW: PROPOSALS DUE BY APRIL 30TH DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, MAY 8TH Concept Lab Vol. XIV on September 25th features a songwriting workshop for composers interested in writing… Read More »Submit Your Score and Proposal for Concept Lab

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    Relevant Tones: Best Albums of 2021

    2021 is a wrap! Matt, Austin, Seth and Stephen choose some of our favorite album releases of the year including music by Pamela Z, Danielle Eva Schwob, Third Coast Percussion,… Read More »Relevant Tones: Best Albums of 2021

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    Relevant Tones: Douglas Cuomo’s ‘Seven Limbs’

    Composer Douglas J. Cuomo’s Seven Limbs, written for and featuring Nels Cline and the Aizuri Quartet on Sunnyside Records is a ritual in seven movements, based on the Seven Limbs – a… Read More »Relevant Tones: Douglas Cuomo’s ‘Seven Limbs’

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    ACM “Unveils” the Driehaus Museum on December 10th

    The Driehaus Museum hosts a special evening for friends with “a feast for the senses”  through an exclusive sneak peek at a new docuseries created by ACM that explores the… Read More »ACM “Unveils” the Driehaus Museum on December 10th

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    Relevant Tones: Carla Kihlstedt’s ‘Necessary Monsters’ Live

    Taped live as part of the third night of the 2021 Relevant Tones Festival, this is the album release party for Carla Kihlstedt and Rafael Oses’ stunning collaborative project Necessary… Read More »Relevant Tones: Carla Kihlstedt’s ‘Necessary Monsters’ Live

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    Help ACM Foster the Music With Our End-of-Year Campaign

    Music is a living, breathing art form. Without constant tending and nurturing, it wilts and loses vitality. It needs encouragement and tending to continue to grow and evolve. ACM needs… Read More »Help ACM Foster the Music With Our End-of-Year Campaign

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    Concept Lab: Volume XI is December 4

    Concept Lab is a series featuring exclusively works in progress, sound experiments and musical trial and error of all kinds.  We work with some of the most talented musicians in… Read More »Concept Lab: Volume XI is December 4

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    Relevant Tones: Brooklyn Rider

    Hailed as the “future of chamber music,” string quartet Brooklyn Rider is a powerful force for musical creativity. Matt Dosland talks with cellist Michael Nicolas about several recent projects  

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    Composer Submissions Now Open for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival celebrates seventeen years of newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films this year.  The films are sourced through an international call… Read More »Composer Submissions Now Open for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    ‘Songs About Buildings and Moods’ Featured in Open House Chicago

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    New Relevant Tones Episode: ‘Useless Machines Live’

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival Continues with Songs About Buildings and Moods’ Live

    The exciting launch of a new series exploring the intersection of music and architecture, Songs About Buildings and Moods is an artistic interpretation of historically and culturally relevant spaces. We’ll… Read More »Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival Continues with Songs About Buildings and Moods’ Live

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    Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival Opens Tonight With ‘Useless Machines’

    Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s intricately complex contraptions have inspired everyone from the classic Mousetrap game to Pee-wee Herman, and the Rube Goldberg machine has become a household name. This concert features music inspired… Read More »Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival Opens Tonight With ‘Useless Machines’

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    Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival is This Weekend

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    ACM Founder Seth Boustead at the ‘Ear Taxi Festival’

    Tune in tomorrow to Seth Boustead’s presentation on arts entrepreneurship in general (and ACM’s story specifically), Forging a New Path.  Tune in any time on Ear Taxi’s Youtube page. In… Read More »ACM Founder Seth Boustead at the ‘Ear Taxi Festival’

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    Sonic Walkabout: Live in Wicker Park this Sunday, 9/12!

    We’re not just on the app anymore! All of the original music inspired by the cultural and historical spaces of Wicker Park will be brought to you live by Palomar, ACM’s resident… Read More »Sonic Walkabout: Live in Wicker Park this Sunday, 9/12!

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    Now Accepting Film Submissions for the 2022 Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its 17th year, is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores… Read More »Now Accepting Film Submissions for the 2022 Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Sonic Walkabout Lakeview Audio Walking Tour Launches

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    New Relevant Tones: Palindromes

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    Film Submissions Open FOR THE SOUND OF SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    We Need Your Help! – Volunteer for the Thirsty Ears Festival

    The Thirsty Ears Festival is Chicago’s only classical music street fest.  But we need your help! The festival will include two days of stellar performances by classical music ensembles and soloists… Read More »We Need Your Help! – Volunteer for the Thirsty Ears Festival

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    Tickets Now on Sale for the 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live. We source the… Read More »Tickets Now on Sale for the 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Classical Excursions Virtual Lectures: Round Two

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.

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    Film Submissions Open for the 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival

    We’re accepting short films between 2 and 20 minutes for our 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival.  There are two categories: silent films and films without dialogue. All films will… Read More »Film Submissions Open for the 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Livestreamed Performance: ACM Teachers

    Join us for the first ever ACM Teacher Performance Livestream! This performance will include live performances from ACM teachers, remote-recordings/video collaborations between teachers and prerecorded socially distanced performances. Enjoy a… Read More »Livestreamed Performance: ACM Teachers

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    Streaming Link For Saturday’s Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM presents the 2020 Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. Program two airs June 27 at 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern! This… Read More »Streaming Link For Saturday’s Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Streaming Link For Friday’s Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM presents the 2020 Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. Program one airs June 26 at 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern. PROGRAM… Read More »Streaming Link For Friday’s Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Classical Excursions Virtual Lecture Series

    ACM announces a four-part virtual lecture series on classical music given by our Executive Director Seth Boustead. We’re working very hard to pay our musicians for canceled events and to… Read More »Classical Excursions Virtual Lecture Series

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    Register Now to Watch the Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival turns 15 this year!  We’re celebrating the anniversary with two ambitious virtual programs featuring fourteen short modern silent films with newly commissioned musical… Read More »Register Now to Watch the Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    ‘Molto Tutti’ Student Film Festival is This Saturday

    The Molto Tutti Film Fest has been rescheduled for June 13th and will be live-streamed for the first time ever! Enjoy the magic of the student film fest from the… Read More »‘Molto Tutti’ Student Film Festival is This Saturday

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    Take an Online Music Theory Class

    We’re pleased to offer a new online Music Theory class that will combine elements of aural training, composition and music theory to enhance a student’s musical understanding and proficiency. The… Read More »Take an Online Music Theory Class

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    Now Offering Online Music Lessons

    ACM is now offering online music lessons and classes! Private lessons are tailored to the individual needs and goals of the student and can take place via Skype, Zoom or… Read More »Now Offering Online Music Lessons

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    Sound of Silent Film Festival Rescheduled

    IMPORTANT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SETH BOUSTEAD First of all I hope that you are all safe and healthy and doing what you can to help in the efforts… Read More »Sound of Silent Film Festival Rescheduled

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    Covid-19 Response

    As concern grows over the coronavirus (COVID-19), we at ACM are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYC Department of Health. As of now the ACM School… Read More »Covid-19 Response

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    Tickets Now on Sale for the 15th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with two all-new programs of modern silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly commissioned scores… Read More »Tickets Now on Sale for the 15th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival

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    Tickets on Sale for ‘Specific Gravity’

    From deep in the earth to the furthest reaches of outer space, Specific Gravity features music inspired by our physical universe. The event will pair informal conversation with Ashley Hamer,… Read More »Tickets on Sale for ‘Specific Gravity’

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    Watch This Preview Video for ‘Inner Worlds’

    We gave a preview of three of the commissioned works for our upcoming Inner Worlds concert on December 16 in a fun house concert last week. Check out the video… Read More »Watch This Preview Video for ‘Inner Worlds’

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    Open House Chicago Video Posted ‘The Forum’

    This year’s collaboration with Open House Chicago was especially meaningful for us as we worked with the historic Forum building in Bronzeville. Built in 1897, The Forum is home to… Read More »Open House Chicago Video Posted ‘The Forum’

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    Videos of Doors Open Milwaukee Performances Now Posted

    ACM collaborated with Doors Open Milwaukee to commission composers to write music for three landmark spaces.  We then placed musicians in each building to perform the pieces every fifteen minutes… Read More »Videos of Doors Open Milwaukee Performances Now Posted

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    Open House Events in Chicago and New York This Weekend

    We have a busy weekend coming up!  We’re collaborating with Open House projects in New York and Chicago to present fascinating music performed live in fascinating spaces. In Chicago we’ll… Read More »Open House Events in Chicago and New York This Weekend

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    Tickets Now on Sale for ‘Inner Worlds’ Concert

    Featuring a wide array of new pieces meant to be played entirely inside of the piano, Inner Worlds takes you on a fascinating sonic journey.  Encompassing a range of special… Read More »Tickets Now on Sale for ‘Inner Worlds’ Concert

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