Spring Spectacular

Spring Spectacular was an annual concert series, in the spring unsurprisingly, held in Chicago’s favorite former speakeasy, the Green Mill Tavern.

We viewed it as a kind of free-for-all in which we could mix live performances of contemporary music with special guests of all kinds including a magician, an improvising bass ensemble, scat singers and much more.



Elegy for the Casualties of War by Malcolm Dedman
Van Gogh Vignettes by Greg Steinke
No. 19 by Jane O’Leary
Con Coro by Rhona Clarke
Waiting Room by John Elmquist
First Installment of Liminal Bends by Ben Vida

Phonium-Folk by Julia Gomelskaya
Feuilles A Travers Les Cloches by Tristan Murail
Poot by Daniel McCarthy (World Premiere)
Unabashedly by Alex Shapiro
Datura by Xiaogang Ye

Super Soft by Stefan Weisman
Dialogues by Alexandra Pierce
Variations for Drums and Viola by Michael Colgrass
Yellows by Kaija Saariaho
Horn Trio by Charles Wuorinen


Zydeco Madness by William Susman
Kahn Variations by Alejandro Vinao
3 Songs by John Elmquist
Our Friend Adam by Ryan Brown
Suite for Saxophone and Marimba by Akira Yuyama
Opalescence by Hal Isbitz
Three Different Keyboards by William Susman


Trio by Christopher Dietz
al Peste by Mischa Zupko
Generally Spoken, It’s Nothing But Rhythm by Nebojsa Zivkovic
Sunset by Jan Järvlepp
Aquarelle by Jo Kondo


DSCH by Graham Reynolds
Not Connected: Leg Therapy by Randall West
King of Logs by Christopher Dietz
Cellphone Variations by Seth Boustead
Mvmt One from Symphony #4 by Graham Reynolds




Hülya Alpakin – piano
Doyle Armbrust – viola
Alyson Berger – cello
Lexie Bloor – vocals
Seth Boustead – piano
Elizabeth Choi – violin
Robin Clevenger – horn
Steve Doyle – electric guitar
John Elmquist – piano
Amos Gillespie – saxophone
Matthew Peters – marimba
Alicia Poot – flute
Mitch Straeffer – electric bass
Stas Venglevski – button accordion
Amy Wurtz – piano
Jeff Yang – violin