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Alan Licht
Saturday November 3, 8 pm
Bond Chapel

Composer, experimental guitarist, and writer Alan Licht is revered for his work in The Blue Humans and Text of Light. Since the early 1990s he has developed a repertoire of structured improvisation pieces for solo electric guitar, bringing together his interests in reharmonization (from jazz and classical music), process, repetition, and extended duration, and the textural vocabularies of rock and noise music. For this concert, Licht presents a new solo work. Free; reservations are requested. Event attendees may also RSVP by calling 773.702.8670 or email info@renaissancesociety.org. Co-presented by the Renaissance Society and Lampo.

Friday November 16, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

LOW at 25! Since 1993, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker—whose heaven-and-earth harmonies hold the band’s center—have pioneered a subgenre, shrugged off its strictures, become a magnetic onstage force, and emerged as one of music’s most steadfast and vital vehicles for pulling light from our emotional recesses. But no mawkish nostalgia or safe runs: LOW releases its most brazen, abrasive, and empowering album: Double Negative. General $25, students with UCID $11. Presented by Empty Bottle, with Rockefeller Chapel.

Handel's Messiah
Sunday December 2, 3 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Continuing the almost 90-year-old beloved tradition of a matinée performance of Handel's Messiah to usher in the Christmas season, with the Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Motet Choir, conducted by James Kallembach, featuring Kaitlin Foley, soprano, Lindsey Adams, alto, Matthew Dean, tenor, and Vince Wallace, bass, with members of the Haymarket Orchestra, concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike. Tickets: $55 chancel seating, $25 general admission, $5 student tickets with current student ID (includes college, high school, and children; only available for GA nave seating).

Ambient Church Chicago: 25th Anniversary of Kranky
Saturday December 8, 7 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Ambient Church is a nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through transcendent audio and visual performance.

This fall, we have partnered with legendary American ambient label Kranky to stage events in four cities, celebrating a quarter-century of putting out exploratory music and showcasing its storied roster.

Performers include: Windy & Carl, Steve Hauschildt, Pan•American, and Justin Walter

Please join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Kranky with live audio and visual performances in historic churches and chapels. Visuals will be specifically designed to accompany the sound and architecture. Tickets $25-30 general admission. Presented by Empty Bottle, with Rockefeller Chapel.

Kara-Lis Coverdale
Friday January 25, 2019, 8 pm
Bond Chapel

Montreal-based composer Kara-Lis Coverdale draws on her experiences as a classically-trained pianist, church organist, and omnivorous explorer of electronic music. In her albums on labels such as Boomkat, Sacred Phrases, and Umor Rex, and in intense, explorative live performances, Coverdale manipulates sounds from synthetic and traditional instruments to create layered textures and spacious arrangements. In many compositions, her vignettes explore how sonic material can evoke complex feelings such as sanctity, disembodiment, aggression, and ethereal beauty. Free; reservations are requested. Event attendees may also RSVP by calling 773.702.8670 or email info@renaissancesociety.org. Co-presented by the Renaissance Society and Lampo.

Peter Murphy: 40 Years of Bauhaus
Friday February 22 (sold out) and Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Peter Murphy 40 years of Bauhaus, Ruby Celebration featuring David J. performing In the Flat Field in its entirety plus extended encore of Bauhaus classics.

Formed in 1978, the legendary and hugely influential BAUHUAS hailed from Northampton, England and is comprised of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash , David J and Kevin Haskins. The dark, dramatic music that they made possessed far more force, variety, and playfulness than the “founding fathers of goth” tag that is attached to them.

In The Flat Field is the band’s debut studio album, released by 4AD and considered to be one of the very first “goth” albums. This was mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes. Tickets $55 general admission, $75 Gold, $200 VIP / All Ages. Presented by Empty Bottle, with Rockefeller Chapel.

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