Event Year: 2017

Molto Tutti Student Film Festival

  The Molto Tutti Film Fest has been rescheduled for June 13th and will be live streamed for the first time ever! Enjoy the magic of the student film fest from the comfort and safety of your home! Watch the films on your smart tv and don’t forget the concessions! We’ll have filmmaker and film… Read more »

Steven Stucky Portrait at National Sawdust

Podcast and live radio collide as ACM teams up with Open G Records the final Late Night concert of 2017: an intimate portrait of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky. Stucky was one of the country’s most prolific and most performed composers, a talented educator, esteemed mentor and an indispensible part of twentieth century classical… Read more »

Open House Chicago 2017

SATURDAY  OCTOBER 14 12:00 – 3:00 PM Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago is a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces. 150 buildings are chosen each year and include repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free…. Read more »

Into the Mystic

ACM’s first concert of the season is also the first concert in our new venue: the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. Into the Mystic features music by composers from around the world inspired by religion, spirituality and altered states of consciousness. From Xiaogang Ye’s evocative depiction of the hallucinogenic datura plant to James Primosch’s sparse,… Read more »

Sound of Silent Film Festival: NYC

Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films, the Sound of Silent Film Festival  is our most popular event. The festival returns to New York for a third year with an all-new lineup of short films ranging from comedies to dramas and experimental films, even short documentaries, all screened completely in silence with… Read more »

Live at National Sawdust: Chaos Theory

Podcast and live radio collide in an evening of music inspired by fractals, dynamic systems, feedback loops and nature. Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music present Caroline Mallonee‘s Butterfly Effect, a string quartet inspired by the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Australia could cause a tornado in Texas, Chin Ting Chan‘s… Read more »

Sound of Silent Film Festival 2017

Our twelfth annual Sound of Silent Film Festival returns to the gorgeous Music Box Theater with an all-new program! Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, this one night only event is a don’t miss. “Of all the art forms, music takes the shortest route to the heart,… Read more »

Sound of Silent Film: Mexico City

Our Sound of Silent Film Festival heads to Mexico City for the first time!  We’ll present a program of audience favorites at the esteemed Cineteca Nacional. Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, this one night only event is a don’t miss. “Of all the art forms, music… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee 2017

Doors Open is a project in dozens of cities worldwide that celebrates architecture and design and gives residents a chance to explore their city and feel like tourists in their own town.  Milwaukee was one of the first cities to join the project and certainly has stunning architecture to show off. ACM is excited to… Read more »

Thirsty Ears Festival 2017

Saturday, August 12 1:00 – 9:00 PM Sunday, August 13 12:00 – 7:00 PM ACM is proud to present the second annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival! For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature fifteen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to… Read more »

Late Night at National Sawdust: Returns

Late Night at National Sawdust is an innovative live concert broadcast series featuring stellar performances of stylistically diverse pieces by living composers of all generations from around the world.  The series is a partnership between ACM, New York-based Open G Records and Relevant Tones, the country’s only syndicated contemporary music radio program. Much of the… Read more »

Composer Alive – David Smooke

David Smooke is the recipient of our 2017 Composer Alive commission! In keeping with our Composer Alive format, David will write a new piece in three installments for our musicians to perform and record and then we’ll perform the World Premiere of the new piece in May at the Davis Theater for a concert that… Read more »