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Open House Chicago Buildings Announced

ACM will collaborate with Open House Chicago for the sixth year to commission composers to write music inspired by landmark buildings and then put musicians in the buildings to play the music every 15 minutes for self-guided tours. This year we’re working with two buildings: the Golden Triangle and the Sedgwick Studio. Read about them… Read more »

Composer Alive: First Installment is September 12

Our latest Composer Alive project is a collaboration with David Smooke, a composer we’ve long admired. David will be writing a new piece for us and sending it in installments as he writes us. Join us on September 12 as our musicians publicly rehearse and record the first installment of the piece before our Into… Read more »

David Smooke is Our Next ‘Composer Alive’

We’re very excited to announce that our next Composer Alive commission goes to one of the most creative composers in the universe, David Smooke!  Composer Alive is one of ACM’s longest-running programs in which a composer writes a new piece for us in installments and emails each installment as he composes it. Our musicians then… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee Commissions Announced

Three composers have been chosen, from a pool of more than a hundred, to write music inspired by three featured buildings in this year’s Doors Open Milwaukee project.   Doors Open Milwaukee is part of the global Doors Open project celebrating architecture and unusual spaces and encouraging people to be a tourist in their own town…. Read more »

Photos from Thirsty Ears 2017 Posted!

This year’s Thirsty Ears Festival was a total blast! A tremendous thanks to all those who could attend.  Check out our Facebook album to see some fantastic photos of the two-day fest, courtesy of the terrific photographer Elliot Mandel.  Here are a few photos from the collection: We look forward to seeing you at the… Read more »

Commission Opportunity – Doors Open Milwaukee

ACM will partner with Doors Open Milwaukee again on September 23rd 2017 to commission three composers to write music inspired by featured buildings in the project.  Composers will write short duos, for any combination of flute, clarinet, violin and cello, 4 to 6 minutes in length to be performed in the building every 15 minutes… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee Buildings Announced

We’re very excited to be teaming up with Doors Open Milwaukee again this year!  We’ll be commissioning three composers to write music for three landmark spaces in Milwaukee and then on the day of the event we’ll have musicians in each space to play the piece every 15 minutes for the self-guided tours. This year… Read more »

Connect Hearing Sponsors Sound Equipment at Thirsty Ears

Connect Hearing has committed to helping us improve our sound system by signing on as a sponsor of the Thirsty Ears Festival! Bad sound was one of the consistent comments from last year and so we are thrilled to be able to rent professional level equipment this year. Connect Hearing provides free hearing evaluations, hearing… Read more »

Volunteer at the Thirsty Ears Festival!

The Thirsty Ears Festival is August 12 and 13 and we can’t do it without your help!  We need folks to help us at the entrances, in the beer tent and in the ticket booth.  Sign up for a two-hour shift now!    

PianoForte Chicago is our Latest Thirsty Ears Festival Sponsor

We’re excited to announce our latest big name sponsor for the Thirsty Ears classical music street festival is PianoForte Chicago who will be providing a Yamaha grand piano for the event. Thirsty Ears is Chicago’s only classical music street festival happening August 12 and 13!   More information available here.

Shure Signs on as Thirsty Ears Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce that Shure will be sponsoring the microphones and cables for our upcoming Thirsty Ears Festival.  Thirsty Ears is Chicago’s only classical music street fest and sound is of critical importance. Having access to Shure’s top of the line models will be an immense improvement in sound this year! Thirsty Ears… Read more »

Thirsty Ears Musical Lineup Announced

The second annual Thirsty Ears Festival is August 12 and 13th and we’ve got a great lineup this year! We’re closing Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood to feature fifteen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music by composers from around the world on the main stage. Saturday, August 12 1:00  Katinka Kleijn and Sebastian Huydts… Read more »