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Listen to newly composed music from the 2014 High School Workshop

This year, we had six wonderful high schoolers participate in our annual High School Composers Workshop.  Under the guidance of composers Chris Fisher-Lochhead and David Reminick, each of the students wrote a new piece for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.  Their compositions were then premiered on July 30th in a recital at Chicago’s Ganz Hall…. Read more »

Goblin Market Videos Now Posted

ACM’s final concert of the 2013-2014 season was an ambitious performance of pieces for chamber ensemble and narrator including works by Jenna Lyle and Eve Beglarian and the stunning Goblin Market by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Goblin Market is scored for a large chamber ensemble and female narrator and inspired by the… Read more »

Workshop Schedule and Registration Deadlines

2014 Schedule The High School Composers Workshop is a summer program with the following two sessions: Session One June 25 – July 11 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Classes meet on June 25, 27 and 30 and July 2, 9 and 11 Session Two July 16 – July 28 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Classes… Read more »

Tickets Now on Sale for Goblin Market

Tickets are now on sale for the last concert of our 2014-2015 season featuring Aaron Jay Kernis’ stunning piece for narrator and large chamber ensemble Goblin Market.    

Videos from Composer Alive: Brazil Now Posted!

We are thrilled to share videos from our most recent performance, Composer Alive: Brazil! Check out the videos below, including the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui’s wild and unpredictable TOY. Volante – Marisa Rezende from ACM on Vimeo. Last Song – Clarice Assad; arr. Ondrej Vesely from ACM on Vimeo. Melodia – Edson Zampronha from… Read more »

Jorge Muñiz performed by the Concorde Ensemble

Our fruitful collaboration with the Concorde Ensemble continues! We are happy to announce that the Ireland-based group has performed yet another work by one of our composer members, Jorge Muñiz.  He was fortunate enough to travel to Galway to hear Concrorde play his La Nueche De San Xuán back in January.  You can listen to… Read more »

Summer High School Composers Workshop Dates Announced for 2014

ACM’s summer workshops for high school aged composers are now in their tenth year!  For ten years young composers have worked with us to create a new piece of music, receive instruction from a professional composer and hear the piece workshopped by professional musicians and then performed and recorded live in a formal concert setting…. Read more »

Videos From the Vanishing Point Concert Now Posted

In Geometry textbooks we’re told that parallel lines never meet but, from our visual perspective, they do meet at the horizon or the vanishing point as it’s called. Similarly in music it seems that singer/songwriters and composers have very little in common. But, as in geometry the truth depends on our perception.  Vanishing Point will… Read more »

Vanishing Point Reviewed in Chicago Classical Review

Thanks to all who came out to Vanishing Point this Tuesday! The concert received a fabulous review in the Chicago Classical Review thanks to Wynne Delacoma.  Click the image below to read it:    

Video from Acoustic Resonances Concert posted

On October 16 ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar gave the World Premiere of Liminal Bends by Ben Vida, the recipient of our annual Composer Alive commission.  Liminal Bends is a hypnotic tour de force merging fixed electronics with live performance by four musicans to create a mesmerizing, immersive experience. Since the focus of the 2012 Composer… Read more »

ACM Partners with WFMT to Showcase Chicago Grad and Doctoral Composition Students

ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar will partner with WFMT’s contemporary music show Relevant Tones to feature music by talented emerging composers in the composition departments at the Chicago College of Performing Art, Columbia College, DePaul University and Northwestern University. Relevant Tones believes that now is the most fascinating time in classical music history which makes them… Read more »

Interview: Janice Misurell-Mitchell (Composer)

Composer member Janice Misurell-Mitchell recently released Vanishing Points (Southport Records), a new CD of works spanning her entire career.  A long-established member of the new music community here in Chicago, Janice recruited an impressive roster of musicians that she has befriended over the years to perform the music on this disc.  (Even our executive director Seth… Read more »