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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.


Tallis Scholars
Sunday December 9, 3 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The world-renowned Tallis Scholars fill Rockefeller Chapel with their pristine intonation and impeccable blend, performing carols, chorales, motets, and mass settings: works by Palestrina, Josquin, Byrd, and others. Tickets $38 general, $30 University faculty and staff, $20 under-35, $10 students. A UChicago Presents concert.


Newberry Consort: A Mexican Christmas
Saturday December 15, 8 pm
Bond Chapel

Angels in the convent, dancing in the streets: the glorious sounds of Mexican Christmas music, performed by Newberry Consort’s women’s ensemble led by Ellen Hargis, plus a street band playing instruments never before heard in a Newberry concert: the leona, harp, jarana, quijada de burro, with singers led by Francy Acosta and José Luis Posada. Tickets $40 general, $50 preferred.


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.

(Saturday only)