Free musical performances Chicago Cultural Center
When: Third Thursday of Every Month 12-12:45pm
Location: 78 E. Washington St., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd floor south, 312-744-6630.
New Music Chicago advocates for the importance of a vital, vibrant music scene in our city and its geographical region. We are a membership organization that connects creators and supporters of non-mainstream and experimental music, supporting our passionate community through a mix of online and in-person services, including a calendar, social media presence, networking opportunities, professional development, and occasional performances, serving both emerging and established artists.
New Music Chicago Presents the Music of Marc Mellits Thursday, February 21
New Music Chicago Presents Marc Mellits, a leading American composer of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year, making him one of the most performed living composers in the United States. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener.
Marianne Parker L & M Duo: Vices Thursday, March 21
L+M Duo presents their program, Vices. Vices invites the audience to explore some of the darker afflictions society faces today through music of the 21st century for marimba and piano.
Picosa Picosa plays contemporary music by Chicago composers Thursday, April 18
Picosa presents a multi-media program of contemporary Music and Art. The musicians open with a performance of Tanner Cassidy’s Ghidora for flute, violin, and piano. The remaining works on the program feature music connected to art in distinct ways.
Chicago Fringe Opera Love Wounds Thursday, May 16
Love Wounds is an immersive collaborative experience with guests Latitude 49. It is a theatrical rendering of music for voice and chamber ensemble by composer Christopher Cerrone.
Eighth Blackbird Blackbird Creative Lab Alumni Present a Sneak Peak of Make (New) Music Chicago Thursday, June 20
Nois Saxophone Quartet founding member and Executive Director Brandon Quarles, Make Music Chicago Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang, and members of Eighth Blackbird will host a concert of new music that will later be featured during the city wide festival, Make Music Chicago.
About the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, was the first permanent Chicago Public Library after the original library was lost in the Chicago fire in 1871. In addition to the library the building was also a Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (on the north side) dedicated to Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War. All the Civil War artifacts once displayed here are now located at the Harold Washington Library. Here’s the buildings extensive history.
The City of Chicago refers to it as “a People’s Palace – a celebration of the arts, education, Chicago, and the world.”
There is also a free building tour showcasing the Greek-inspired (north side) and Roman-inspired (south side) architecture, two domes (one of which is the world’s largest Tiffany Dome) and ornate multi-colored mosaics, marble and decorative molding.
Public Group Tours:
- Tours are presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15 pm.
- Tours meet in the Randolph Street lobby.
- The group will be limited to the first twenty people.
- To schedule tours for groups of ten or more at other times, contact Anna Marie Gazzi at 312.744.7917.
Private Group Tours:
- Trained docents will conduct free, prearranged private tours for adult groups on Mondays though Fridays, 9 am-3 pm.
- Private tours are not available during weekends.
- Private tours are designed for adults and teenagers 13 years and over.
- Group sizes are limited, call for details.
- Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the scheduled date by calling 312.744.7917.
- Private tours begin at the Chicago Cultural Center Information Desk in the Randolph Street lobby.
All self-guided group tours must check in with security upon entry.