From deep in the earth to the furthest reaches of outer space, Specific Gravity features music inspired by our physical universe. The event will pair informal conversation with Ashley Hamer, host of the popular podcast Curiosity Daily, with performances of the pieces.
Specialty cocktails created by the speakeasy the Drifter and inspired by the theme will be served at the adjoining Carbon Arc bar.
Music to be performed features several Chicago premieres including Olga Neuwirth’s virtuosic Quasare/Pulsare for violin and prepared, “deconstructed” piano, Lois Vierk’s mercurial chamber work Red Shift inspired by astronomical phenomena and Christopher Stark’s Stars in Dead Reflection.
Giving the concert its name is Lansing McCloskey’s Specific Gravity, a percussion-heavy chamber work that takes inspiration from the formation process of gems in the earth’s crust. The program concludes with Paul Lansky’s masterful three-movement work Horizons.
Monday, February 10, 7:30 PM
4614 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
$20, $12 students
Stars in Dead Reflection by Christopher Stark
Specific Gravity by Lansing McLoskey
Quasare/Pulsare by Olga Neuwirth
Horizons by Paul Lansky
Red Shift by Lois Vierk
Chris Ramaekers – Music Director
Alyson Berger – cello
Kate Carter – violin
Amos Gillespie – alto saxophone
Douglas Johnson – bass
Timothy Ernest Johnson – electric guitar
Trevor O’Riordan – clarinet
Trevor Patrick Watkin – flute
Amy Wurtz – piano
Gloria Yehilevsky – percussion
Henry Zheng – violin
Cocktail #1 – Galaxy #75
vodka, spiced pear, ginger, lemon, sparkling: Shaken
Cocktail #2 – Blackhole
bourbon, walnut, apple, vermouth: Stirred