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We Need Your Help! – Volunteer for the Thirsty Ears Festival

The Thirsty Ears Festival is Chicago’s only classical music street fest.  But we need your help! The festival will include two days of stellar performances by classical music ensembles and soloists plus food trucks, craft beer and wine, vendor booths and kid friendly activities. We need volunteers for both days to work the entrance booths,… Read more »

Thirsty Ears Returns August 14 and 15

Saturday, August 14 2:00 – 10:00 PM Sunday, August 15 2:00 – 9:00 PM ACM is proud to present the sixth 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 seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to… Read more »

Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live. We source the films through a global call, commission the composers and our wonderful musicians bring it all to life. There are two completely different programs this year… Read more »

New Relevant Tones: Tribeca New Music

For more than twenty years the Tribeca New Music Festival has brought bold new classical music infused with American pop culture to audiences in New York City and, increasingly, to the world. We talk with composer and Artistic and Executive Director Preston Stahly about their mission, history and creative pivots during the pandemic.   PROGRAM… Read more »

New Relevant Tones: Palindromes

Relevant Tones is ACM’s podcast about the most fascinating time in classical music: right now. We celebrate a string of palindromic dates – 1/20/21 to 1/29/21 – with music written in palindromic form. Music by Martha Horst, Ben Johnston, Frank J. Oteri, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Joseph Schwantner and Bela Bartok.

Classical Excursions Virtual Lectures: Round Two

ACM announces a four-part virtual lecture series on classical music given by our Executive Director Seth Boustead. We’re working very hard to pay our musicians for canceled events and continue to pay our teaching artists.  All proceeds from this series go to support those efforts. Each lecture is $10 or you can buy the package… Read more »

Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival

We’re accepting short films between 2 and 20 minutes for our 2021 Sound of Silent Film Festival.  There are two categories: silent films and films without dialogue. All films will be screened completely in silence with a new score by one of our composers performed live.  Films in every genre will be considered. Deadlines: November… Read more »

ACM Teacher Livestream!

  Join us for the first ever ACM Teacher Performance Livestream! This performance will include live performances from ACM teachers, remote-recordings/video collaborations between teachers and prerecorded socially distanced performances.   Enjoy a performance that is unlike any other! Music from classical, jazz, pop and everything in between! All proceeds from the event will go to… Read more »

Streaming Link For Friday’s Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM presents the 2020 Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. Program one airs June 26 at 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern. PROGRAM Demons Before Breakfast by Lauren McCune Music by Jonathan Russell Devil’s Food Cake by JohnBen Lacy and Mike Elsherif Music by Seth Boustead What If… Read more »

Classical Excursions Virtual Lectures

ACM announces a four-part virtual lecture series on classical music given by our Executive Director Seth Boustead. We’re working very hard to pay our musicians for canceled events and to pay our teaching artists for lessons canceled because of Covid-19.  All proceeds from this series go to support those efforts. Each lecture is $10 or… Read more »

Register Now to Watch the Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival turns 15 this year!  We’re celebrating the anniversary with two ambitious virtual programs featuring fourteen short modern silent films with newly commissioned musical scores performed live. This year’s selections include three dramatic thrillers, two comedies, one dark comedy, one very dark comedy, an offbeat romance, two compelling dramas,… Read more »

Molto Tutti Student Film Festival is This Saturday

  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 »