Upcoming Major Events
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Saturday January 13 | 8 pm | Bond Chapel
Natural Information Society, a Chicago-based band led by Joshua Abrams, uses traditional and electric instrumentation to develop layered aural environments with a psychedelic feeling. Their music builds on the hypnotic qualities of the guimbri, a three-stringed instrument used by the Gnawan people in West Africa, while also drawing on a range of contemporary forms including jazz, minimalism, and krautrock. Free. Presented by the Renaissance Society.
Imani Winds: At the Cutting Edge
Sunday February 11 | 3 pm
The acclaimed Imani Winds presents the world première of Aaron Helgeson’s “Le voi ce l’est” (The Light Is On), the first movement of a projected multimovement work entitled Calls of Close and Away. Part of the UChicago New Music Ensemble’s 2018 commissioning project for the Imani Winds, Helgeson’s new piece incorporates eighteenth century French hunting calls and twentieth century American bugle calls in an engaging fabric. Also on the program: John Harbison’s 1979 Quintet for Winds plus a selection of Imani Winds’ signature works. Free. Presented by the Music Department.
Schola Antiqua: Behold How Good and How Pleasant
Saturday April 14 | 8 pm
Schola Antiqua honors the legacy of musicologist Theodore C. Karp (1926–2015) with an evening highlighting musical repertories illuminated by his scholarship. The concert, directed by Martin Alan Anderson, centers on rarely performed French secular song and twelfth century sacred polyphony from the Abbey of St. Martial in Limoges. The tribute concludes with a complete performance of Orlande de Lassus’ monumental Prophetiae Sibyllarum. $25 at the door, $10 students and seniors. Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Music Department.
Fifth House Ensemble: Degenerate Art
Sunday April 15 | 4 pm
Throughout history, art has maintained the power to threaten the social order. Delving into music that was censored, banned, and propagandized as “degenerate,” Fifth House Ensemble sheds new light on works by artists facing oppression under three different oppressive regimes: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and McCarthyism here in the United States where individuals, ideas, and art were deemed un-American. 5HE collaborates with the American Civil Liberties Union, Holocaust Community Services, the Spertus Institute, Artists at Risk, and the University of Chicago to share and illuminate poignant historical and present day stories of artists from around the world. Discussion after the performance. $20 at fifth-house.com; free to students (first 50 online, first 50 with ID at the door).
White Elephant Archive
Monday April 23 | 7:30 pm | Bond Chapel
The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, documentary / object theatre production Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive—which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps—to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. The piece reflects on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, and larger questions about how to speak of a horror once its witnesses are gone or silent. Free. Presented by the University of Chicago Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, Federal Chancellery of Austria, and Austrian Cultural Forum New York City.
A Meeting of Two Seas 2.0
Featuring special guests Riyaaz Qawwali
Saturday April 28 | 7:30 pm
Music, dance, and poetry from India and Pakistan—a concert celebrating the joint contributions of Hindus and Muslims to the artistic traditions of South Asia. To be followed by a catered dinner. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Hindu Student Sangam, Muslim Students Association, Spiritual Life, South Asian Students Association, Rockefeller Chapel, Department of Music, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.
Saturday June 2 | 4 pm
A festive celebration of the Bernstein centennial, with excerpts from Chichester Psalms, Make Our Garden Grow, Choruses from The Lark, and other favorites. Featuring nearly 200 members of the university choirs with Thomas Weisflog on the organ, the concert ends with a unique performance of Bernstein on the carillon and amplified instruments featuring university carillonneur Joey Brink. An Alumni Weekend event, free and open to the public.