Tonight from 10 to 11 p.m. CDT on Critical Thinking on 98.7WFMT Chicago -- and via free streaming anywhere at wfmt.com -- with an assist from Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne, I preview the final CSO MusicNOW program of the 2011-2012 season, which takes place next Monday May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park with music from Clyne, her Mead composer colleague Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Irene Buckley, and Sean Shepherd. This will be the first MusicNOW program to feature members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus as well as members of the CSO itself. As always, there's electronica before and after, this time courtesy of illmeasures Chicago, and a great music/talk hangout with free food and drink afterwards.
And I also take a look at The Party, an amazing-looking evening for and with local new music stalwarts ensemble dal niente this Saturday May 12 at the Avondale Arts Center in Logan Square from 6 p.m. until at least 12 midnight curated by the phenomenal Italian pianist/conductor/thinker Marino Formenti with music from Stockhausen to Morton Feldman to Marcos Balter, and contributions from a food artist, a brewer, and a distiller. Walking, talking, lying on the floor, eating, and drinking will all be encouraged, if not required. We'll listen to the first sections of Marino's new col legno CD of original solo piano explorations, Night Studies, after Charles Ives.
The program will then be available anytime for free podcast/download/streaming at wfmt.com/criticalthinking.
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