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.
Bright Blue Steel Thursday, September 5, 12–12:45pm
Gaudete Brass explores the different colors and sounds that brass instruments can create through new works by Jonathan Newman and Robert Patterson. Patterson grew up spending time in his father’s studio who was a sculptor primarily working with metal and in his brass quintet Shine, he explores the colorful aspects of four different metals. Jonathan Newman wrote Bright Blue Steel for Gaudete Brass as part of a celebration of John Corigliano’s 75th Birthday. Newman based this work on Carl Sandburg’s brilliant young Chicago Poems and truly captures the strength of brass and Chicago.
Title TBA Thursday, October 31, 12–12:45pm
American Music Project Commission Thursday, November 21, 12–12:45pm
A newly commissioned chamber piece by Amy Wurtz accompanied by contemporary American solo piano music.
Contemporary Music for Flutes and Piano Thursday, December 19, 12–12:45pm
Committed to the commissioning of new works, James Donahue presents a program with guest Young-Hee Park, piano.
Timothy McCormack: Hammara Pilvi (2008)
Toshio Hosokawa: Lied for flute and piano (2007)
Ata Ghavidel: The Shadow for solo flute (2017)
Xingzimin Pan: Kaidan for flute and piano (2013)
Kevin Clark: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock for solo alto flute and narration (2009)
Amanda Harberg: Court Dances for flute and piano (2017)
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.