10th Gerrish Recital: Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis
Friday January 11, 8 pm
Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis play a brilliant program of their own transcriptions for organ duo and organ and flugelhorn, including selections from Respighi’s Pines of Rome and the première of their arrangements of music from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Conte adds music of Richard Strauss arranged for solo organ. A recital in Rockefeller’s Brian Gerrish Organ Performance Series.
Tickets at the door $10, free to students with ID.
MLK Commemoration and Celebration w/William J. Barber II and Sherrilyn Ifill
Tuesday January 15, 6 pm (doors at 5 pm)
William J. Barber II and Sherrilyn Ifill, nationally recognized advocates for civil rights, give keynote addresses and share in conversation at the University’s annual commemoration and celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with the highly talented singers of the Chicago Children’s Choir in performance. Free and open to the public. Visit mlk.uchicago.edu for more information.
William Barber is the leader of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Campaign for a Moral Revival. The pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in North Carolina since 1993, he is a member of the national board of the NAACP.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the president and director-counsel of the NAACP’s iconic Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She offers commentary on race and the law on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and C-Span, and is a regular op-ed contributor to the Baltimore Sun and the Afro-American.
Friday January 25, 8 pm
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 email@example.com. Co-presented by the Renaissance Society and Lampo.
Early Music Ensemble
Sunday February 3, 3 pm and Friday May 31, 7:30 pm
In its first concert of the season under its new director Craig Trompeter, the University’s Early Music Ensemble presents works from the time of Queen Elizabeth I, including compositions by William Byrd, Thomas Weelkes, and Anthony Holbourne. In May, the Ensemble performs sixteenth century Franco-Flemish music by Josquin des Prez, Jean Mouton, and Adriaan Willaert for voices and instruments. Free. Presented by the Department of Music.
EvenSounds: Rachmaninoff Vespers
Thursday February 21, 7:30 pm
The Chapel Choir sings Rachmaninoff’s mystical Vespers (All-Night Vigil) in a concert featuring this single work. Free.
Mass of the Holy Spirit w/ Cardinal Blase Cupich
Saturday March 2, 5 pm
Rescheduled from the beginning of the academic year, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich visits the University’s Catholic community to preside and preach at a Mass of the Holy Spirit. All welcome! Presented by Calvert House.
An American Shabbat
Friday March 8, 8 pm
Cantor David Berger, Cantor Roslyn Barak, the Hyde Park Jewish Choral Society, and some of the leading cantors from around the country join together with pianist Joyce Rosenzweig and University organist Thomas Weisflog in a musical Shabbat service, honoring the fact that since the first Jewish immigrants arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654, America has provided a unique home for Jewish cultural and spiritual innovation. The opening event of an international conference, Hallel V’zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future, this service celebrates the music of American Jewish composers, from nineteenth century classics to today’s newest pieces. Free.
CMAC: The University of Chicago Glee Club
Friday March 15, 7 pm
The University of Chicago Glee Club presents its winter concert in the beautiful space of Rockefeller Chapel, this year featuring a new setting of Adon Olam by CMAC member Ben Donvan, and Maurice Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo, with baritone Will Myers and organist Bryan McGuiggin. Tickets at the door, $10 general, $5 students, $20 family.
EvenSounds: Tallis Lamentations
Thursday April 18, 7:30 pm
For Holy Thursday, the Chapel Choir performs the Lamentations of English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, alongside works of his contemporaries and lamentation-themed music of our own era. Free.
A Meeting of Two Seas: Migration Stories
Performance traditions of South Asia, the Middle East, and Andalusia
Saturday April 27, 7:30 pm
Following the groundbreaking performances of music of South Asia offered these past two years at Rockefeller Chapel by a coalition of Hindu and Muslim students working to create a “meeting of two seas,” this year’s concert marking the end of the annual Spirit Week takes a new direction: celebrating the performance traditions that emerged from the movement and migration of diverse spiritual communities across South Asia, the Middle East, and Andalusia. Refreshments afterward. Free. Presented by Spiritual Life, with the Hindu Student Sangam and Muslim Students Association.
Sweet Honey in the Rock + Chicago Children’s Choir
Saturday May 11, 7:30 pm
The legendary female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is joined by members of the Chicago Children’s Choir for its final concert as ensemble in residence at the University of Chicago. Donations invited at the door, $10 general, $5 students and children. Presented by the Department of Music.
The University Women’s Ensemble
Friday May 24, 8 pm
The University of Chicago Women’s Ensemble sings music from different eras and world traditions, including Western classical works, polyphonic singing traditions from across the globe, and diverse singing styles from the United States. Directed by Mollie Stone. Free. Presented by the Department of Music.