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Architectonics Review by Lawrence Johnson

Access Contemporary Music opened its season Tuesday night with a challenging, finely balanced performance by the Palomar Ensemble. The news for ACM this year is its spectacular new space, a soaring three-story atrium in the vast Architectural Artifacts emporium on Montrose, where all this season’s concerts will be held. Seating tends to be in a… Read more »

Video from Thirsty Ear Festival now Posted

On August 11 Palomar performed at the first annual Thirsty Ear Festival at the Empty Bottle, a grungy but beloved rock club in Chicago.  The show was broadcast live on Relevant Tones, ACM Executive Director Seth Boustead’s weekly radio program exploring music by living composers Watch the video below of Boustead’s piece Three for Zhou… Read more »

Audio from the Thirsty Ear Festival Posted

Palomar was honored to perform on the first ever Thirsty Ear Festival at the Empty Bottle!  Broadcast live on WFMT, this festival featured performances by four dynamic Chicago groups. Palomar performed Yellow by Lansing McCloskey and Three for Zhou B. by ACM Executive Director Seth Boustead. Three for Zhou B. was inspired by painting by… Read more »

Great Review of the Thirsty Ear Festival

By Timothy Schuler The sun was still high and traffic on Western Avenue still thick, yet the Empty Bottle was filling up, octogenarians clumping around the few tall tables, millennials ordering pints of Green Line from the cash-only bar. By 4:50pm, when 98.7s WFMT’s Relevant Tones program went live from the stage, the venue was… Read more »

Thirsty Ear Festival

Palomar is proud to be part of the first annual Thirsty Ear Festival at Chicago’s coolest rock club, the Empty Bottle.  Broadcast live on ACM Executive Director Seth Boustead’s radio show Relevant Tones, the Thirsty Ear Festival features exciting performances by four of Chicago’s most dynamic ensembles including Chicago Q Ensemble, MAVerick Ensemble, James Falzone… Read more »

Attend, Enjoy & Get Involved: ACM Concert Season

Classical music has come a long way from the days of wigs and quill pens. Today’s composers use software to notate their ideas and are inspired by rock, jazz, folk music from around the world and much more: a stunning array of influences that create a rich and fascinating sonic palette. Access Contemporary Music is… Read more »

Audio from Session Two of our High School Composer’s Workshop Posted

Trio No. 3 in F Major by Maxwell Lowery   Agitated Movements by Atticus Hebson   To Thy Rest by Tim McDunn   Dusk and Sunrise by Ian Karlovsky   Il Fiore Nero by Patrick Owen-Leary   Coveted by Jonah Philion Performed by: David Keller – cello Alicia Poot – flute Alexander Rowney – piano

Audio Posted from our Concert at the Zhou B. Art Center

Friday, July 20th Palomar performed the second installment in Ben Vida’s mesmerizing new piece Liminal Bends. Part of our annual Composer Alive commission, Liminal Bends is being composed and performed in three installments throughout the summer as Vida composes it, bringing a unique, improvisatory aspect to composition. Palomar also performed two movements from Seth Boustead’s… Read more »

Audio Posted from our Best of Weekly Readings Concert

On June 22nd our performance wing Palomar gave a concert of five of our favorite pieces that have been submitted to the Weekly Readings project over the last eight years. We had a great time and a great audience. Listen for yourself below! Catching Updrafts by David Heuser Homecoming by Benedikt Brydern Spell by Aaron… Read more »

Green Mill Concert Video Posted

Van Gogh Vignettes by Greg Steinke No. 19 by Jane O’Leary Elegy for the Casualties of War by Malcolm Dedman Con Coro by Rhona Clarke Liminal Bends (first installment) by Ben Vida Der Wartesaal by John Elmquist