Upcoming Events

Earthbound, Looking Skyward | Spektral Quartet with Mary Pan, organ
Friday October 5 | 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The first opportunity to hear music of Tonia Ko, this year’s postdoctoral researcher at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition! Spektral performs Ko’s Plain, Air, a musical illustration of Lake Michigan’s shoreline; and Gloria Coates’ String Quartet No. 7, “Angels,” not the docile angels of grocery store sympathy cards but potent and enigmatic creatures that Coates conjures with colossal chords from the organ, played by Mary Pan, and serpentine slides in the strings. Free. Presented by Rockefeller Chapel with the Department of Music.

Dialogo Dialogo
Saturday October 6 | 2 pm
Rockefeller Chapel and the Dialogo sculpture
5828 S. University Avenue

Irene Hsiao (dance) teams up with Joey Brink (carillon) to perform Dialogo Dialogo, an improvisatory dance installation set to Brink’s own compositions for carillon. Hsiao explores the relationship between Virginio Ferrari’s bronze Dialogo and the bronze carillon bells. Just as the bells are stationary and clappers move to strike them, Hsiao becomes the moving element within the statue and a visual reminder of how the aleatory and the living affect and respond to an everchanging environment of sound and motion. Free.

In conjunction with Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago, an Art Design Chicago public program.

CANCELLED Anna von Hausswolff: The Miraculous

We regret to announce that Anna von Hausswolff has cancelled her US tour (as of September 25, 2018).

Silent Film Double Feature Frankenstein + Metropolis
Saturday October 20 | 7 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rockefeller presents the rarely shown Thomas Edison motion picture adaptation (1910, 16 min), with the German expressionist science-fiction drama Metropolis (1927, 156 min): a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. With Chicago’s own Jay Warren on the Skinner organ. Tickets at the door, general $10, students $1.

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 | 7:30pm
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.

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.