Access Contemporary Music is committed to showcasing the exciting developments in contemporary classical music by bringing it to life through concerts in Chicago and New York, innovative collaborations, music in public spaces, the Sound of Silent Film Festival and our Composer Alive commissioning program.
Our current production season includes the Thirsty Ears Festival, our popular classical music street fest, Open House events in Milwaukee, New York and Chicago, an exciting four-concert series at the Davis Theater in Chicago and the fifteenth anniversary of our Sound of Silent Film Festival.
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September 9, 7:30 PM
Our first concert of the season features colorful, rhythmic music from Gabriela Lena Frank inspired by travels in her native Peru, a powerful piece by Jonathan Russell inspired by the global meltdown called Full Faith and Credit and a stunning new viola concerto by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy featuring Meet the Composer podcast host Nadia Sirota as soloist.
Doors Open Milwaukee
September 29, 10:00 – 4:00
ACM partners with Historic Milwaukee to commission composers to write music inspired by three landmark building in downtown Milwaukee for Doors Open. On the day of the event, we’ll have musicians in each building to perform the music every fifteen minutes for guided tours.
Open House Chicago
October 19 12:00 – 3:00
We’re only in one venue for this year’s Open House Chicago collaboration but it’s a doozy. The Forum in Bronzeville is a historic venue that has hosted some of the country’s most revered performers over the years. Music by Trevor Patrick Watkin will be performed live every fifteen minutes.
Open House New York
October 20 4:00 – 6:00
We had the incredible opportunity to partner with Open House New York to commission four composers to write music inspired by the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center, now the TWA Hotel. We’ll perform the pieces as part of an event also featuring talks from the architects and designers who brought this amazing space back to life.
December 16, 7:30 PM
Featuring a wide array of new pieces meant to be played entirely inside of the piano, Inner Worlds takes you on a fascinating sonic journey. Encompassing a range of special effects, the music for this concert ranges from eerie to playful to dramatic and everything in between. GoPro cameras inside the piano send the image to the big screen in real time.
February 10, 7:30 PM
ACM performs an array of music inspired by physics including Lois Vierk’s astonishing work Red Shift, Paul Lansky’s wild ride of a chamber piece Horizons, Olga Neuwirth’s austere but spellbinding Quasare/Pulsare and the piece that inspired the whole show, Lansing McCloskey’s rollicking ball of fun Specific Gravity.
Sound of Silent Film Festival
March 28, 7:00 and 9:30
ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with two shows featuring brand new modern silent films with newly commissioned scores performed live. These shows will sell out!
May 11, 7:30 PM
We’ll close out the season with a dizzying (in a good way) display of new works inspired by the color blue. Pieces to be performed include Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe’s Blue Dress, the Full Range of Blue by Laura Kaminsky, Devil in Blue Blue Sea by Clara Latham and The Blue-Footed Booby by Avant-French composer Tristan Murail.