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Tonight we’re kicking off Relevant Tones’s 10th Annual Festival with a Campari & Soda!

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s intricately complex contraptions have inspired everyone from the classic Mousetrap game to Pee-wee Herman, and the Rube Goldberg machine has become a household name. This concert features music inspired by and incorporating Rube Goldberg machines and conversation with Jennifer George, Goldberg’s granddaughter, the author of numerous books about Goldberg and the director… Read more »

ACM Founder Seth Boustead at the Ear Taxi Festival

If you’re reading this before 1:15 PM CDT, you still have a chance to tune into Seth Boustead’s vital presentation on arts entrepreneurship in general (and ACM’s story specifically), Forging a New Path. But no matter what, you haven’t missed it! Tune in any time on Ear Taxi’s Youtube page. The Ear Taxi Festival is… Read more »

ACM Joins Avondale Artists for a Pop-Up Festival!

In observance of PARK(ing) day, ACM is joining other Milwaukee Arts Alliance members in taking over parking spots for a family-friendly, free art festival, conceived by MAA Executive Director Lynn Basa. Longtime ACM faculty member David Keller and Director of Artistic Activities Trevor Watkin will be on site to give a free public performance, instrument… Read more »

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2022 Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its 17th year, is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live. We’ll present two new programs of modern silent films live at the Music Box Theater and virtually. Submissions are currently open!  The program… Read more »

Sonic Walkabout: Live in Wicker Park this Sunday, 9/12!

We’re not just on the app anymore! All of the original music inspired by the cultural and historical spaces of Wicker Park will be brought to you live by Palomar, ACM’s resident ensemble, in a live concert right in Wicker Park this Sunday afternoon, September 12th. Rounding out the concert will be performances of Hum… Read more »

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 »