Chicago Concert Season

Each year, Third Coast Percussion presents 4-5 concerts of percussion music in their hometown of Chicago. In concert halls, theaters, and art galleries, the ensemble joins with world-renowned performers for programs that include premieres of new works for percussion alongside modern classic percussion music.

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Upcoming Chicago Concerts

Ear Taxi Festival – Harris Theater

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Where: Harris Theater at Millennium Park
Address:
205 E Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601 United States

with special guests Spektral Quartet

Ear Taxi Festival is a city-wide celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene.

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION Reaction Yield (world premiere)*
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Selene (Chicago premiere)**

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*Reaction Yield was commissioned by Glenn Prestwich and Sounds of Science
**Selene was co-commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center in honor of its 75th Anniversary Season, with generous support from Deborah and Philip Edmundson; and by Miller Theatre at Columbia University; and by Third Coast Percussion with the generous support of Sidney K. Robinson.

Ear Taxi Festival – Blowout Party!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Where: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

Ear Taxi Festival is a city-wide celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene.

Featured performers include Mary Stolper, Kuang-Hao Huang, Third Coast Percussion, Spektral Quartet, MAVerick Ensemble, Fonema Consort, and Michael Hall.

Program to include works by Nicole Mitchell, Marc Mellits, LJ White, Christopher Jones (World Premiere), Aaron Cassidy (Chicago Premiere), and Marta Ptaszynska.

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Chicago Humanities Festival

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Where: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom
Address:
112 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604 United States

Already obsessed with different kinds of time—human time, the “spectral” time of sleep, the compressed cycles of insect noise—French composer Gérard Grisey was bowled over when he heard the percussive and regular emissions of pulsars, the super-dense remnants of stars that have gone super-nova. Third Coast Percussion perform the striking result, Le Noir de l’Etoile, an unforgettable composition for six percussionists and tape with the musicians surrounding the audience.

GÉRARD GRISEY Le Noir de l’Etoile

with special guests Gregory Beyer and John Corkill

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MCA Chicago

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address:
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

Whisper(s): Matthew Duvall and guests

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Where: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Address:
5850 S Woodlawn
Chicago, 60637 United States

A Triptych: Earth, Moon, Peace

Works of Augusta Read Thomas, featuring Spektral Quartet and Third Coast Percussion

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Resounding Earth

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Selene

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Moon Chariot Rituals

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Currents – Constellation

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Where: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

Currents is TCP’s musical laboratory. The ensemble tries new things and plays new music for the first time at one of Chicago’s hippest underground venues.

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Past Chicago Concerts

Where: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

This performance has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The amazing Swiss/German EarDrum Duo joins TCP for an evening of European music at Constellation

NICOLAUS A. HUBER – Fingercapriccio
DIETER MACK – Jonico
JOHANNES FISCHER – What is any ocean but a collection of drops?
IANNIS XENAKIS – “Peaux” from Pleiades

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Third Coast Percussion’s collaboration with Eardrum is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.
Where: St James Cathedral
Address:
65 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

FREE!

Here & Now I

Featuring music by members of Third Coast Percussion!

Peter Martin- BEND

Robert Dillon- Ordering-instincts

David Skidmore- Take Anything You Want/Torched and Wrecked

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Doors open at 5:00pm
Pre-concert conversations at 5:15pm
30-minute concert starts at 5:45pm

Broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and wfmt.com

Where: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Address:
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

Third Coast Percussion presents its interactive WAVES program, exploring the science behind sound, as part of the Logan Center for the Arts Family Saturday Festival.

$5 single tickets, $20 families of 5+

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Where: International House – The University of Chicago
Address:
1414 E 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

7:30 p.m.

Third Coast Percussion brings the idea of using a single type of material in performance—a wood table, in the case of Belgian composer Thierry de Mey’s piece, and a drumhead in Donnacha Dennehy’s new work inspired by playing techniques of the Irish bodhrán drum. The ensemble rounds out the program by honoring Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with his iconic Sextet, in celebration of the ensemble’s release of an all-Reich album on Cedille Records

THIERRY DE MEY Table Music
DONNACHA DENNEHY Surface Tension (Chicago premiere, commissioned for Third Coast Percussion)
STEVE REICH Sextet

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Surface Tension was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additional funding provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Where: Fullerton Hall – Art Institute of Chicago
Address:
111 S Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603 United States

TIANGE ZHOU Beginning of Origin
KUI DONG Scattered Ladder
LEI LIANG Inkscape (Chicago premiere, co-commissioned by the Chinese Fine Arts Society)
featuring Daniel Schlosberg, piano and Michael Lewanski, conductor
GUO WENJING Parade

$15/$20

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Northwestern University

November 7, 2015

Where: Mary B Galvin Recital Hall – Music and Communication Building
Address:
60 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 United States

FREE and open to the public
This event is not ticketed

Third Coast Percussion is ensemble-in-residence at the 2nd annual Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC)

ISAAC SCHANKLER – Blindnesses
STEVEN SNOWDEN – A Man with a Gun Lives Here
CHRIS FISHER-LOCHHEAD – On Tenterhooks (commissioned by Third Coast Percussion)
CARL SCHIMMEL – Serving Size 4 Bunnies

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Rush Hour Concerts

August 18, 2015

Where: St James Cathedral
Address:
65 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

Doors open at 5:15pm; performance begins at 5:45

Free

St James Cathedral, Chicago

 

Third Coast Percussion returns to Rush Hour Concerts with a program of music composed for the ensemble by Chicago-based composers, including excerpts from Glenn Kotche’s “Wild Sound” and Augusta Read Thomas’s “Resounding Earth,” and TCP member David Skidmore’s newest work, “Trying.”

Where: Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Address:
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601 United States

6:30pm- Free

Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Third Coast Percussion celebrates the 80th birthday of Terry Riley with an epic performance of Riley’s master piece “In C.” TCP will lead an ensemble of 80 of Chicago’s finest musicians brought together for this occasion, including stars of Chicago’s contemporary, classical, jazz and rock scenes, and students from local universities, youth orchestras and community music schools. Join us for this celebration of the joy of collective music making!

Featuring musicians from: Fifth House Ensemble, Grant Wallace Band, Mocrep, New Music Chicago, North Shore Concert Band, Parlour Tapes+, Spektral Quartet, Ursa Ensemble, DePaul University Ensemble 20+, Northern Illinois University, Merit School of Music, Mucca Pazza and more!

Grammy-winning big band Snarky Puppy will perform immediately following.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for The Arts.

MCA Stage – 2

May 22, 2015

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address:
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

2 nights!
“Wild Sound”
featuring guest artist Glenn Kotche on drumset

KOTCHE Solo Piece TBD
REICH Music for Drums
REICH Nagoya Marimbas
KOTCHE Drumkit Quartet #51
KOTCHE Wild Sound

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Wild Sound was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series.

MCA Stage – 1

May 21, 2015

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address:
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

2 nights!
“Wild Sound”
featuring guest artist Glenn Kotche on drumset

KOTCHE Solo Piece TBD
REICH Music for Drums
REICH Nagoya Marimbas
KOTCHE Drumkit Quartet #51
KOTCHE Wild Sound

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Wild Sound was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series.

Where: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

8:30 p.m. Doors at 8 p.m.
Featuring guest artists Rachel Beetz (flute) and Ross Karre (percussion)
APPLEBAUM Straitjacket
PFEFFER Jonathan was killed in battle against the Philistines (World Premiere, TCP commission- Emerging Composers Partnership)
CUTHBERT New Work (World Premiere, TCP commission)
DILLON Ordering-instincts
SOREY Trio for Harold Budd 

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TCP launches a new concert initiative, Currents, as part of their Chicago Concert Season, featuring premieres of newly commissioned works by emerging composers and other unique, boundary-pushing repertoire from today’s most creative thinkers. This first Currents concert includes new works by Adam Cuthbert and Third Coast’s own Robert Dillon, as well as a new work commissioned through our Emerging Composers Partnership by Jonathan Pfeffer.  Percussionist extraordinaire Ross Karre joins TCP for Mark Applebaum’s kooky and inventive Straitjacket, and contemporary flute master Rachel Beetz joins TCP for Tyshawn Sorey’s Trio for Harold Budd.

This event is 18 and over, and may contain offensive language or other adult content.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music. Jonathan Pfeffer’s new work was commissioned by New Music USA through Third Coast Percussion’s Emerging Composers Partnership. To follow the project as it unfolds visit the New Music USA project page. Ordering-instinctswas supported by the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, in honor of the center’s 10th Anniversary Season.

 

Where: Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Address:
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

7:30 p.m.
“Haunt of Last Nightfall”
CAGE Credo in US
RZEWSKI Coming Together
LITTLE Haunt of Last Nightfall

This concert is the culminating event in a week of activities looking at the tragic events that occurred in the small town of El Mozote, El Salvador during that country’s civil war in the 1980’s. These events inspired composer David T. Little’s work for Third Coast Percussion entitled Haunt of Last Nightfall. Events leading up to the performance include a display of photographer Susan Meiselas’s photography from the event, and panel discussions including the composer and leaders in the field of history and human rights in El Salvador, including Oscar Chacon, Joaquin Chavez, Eric Stover, and Susan Gzesh.

The concert also includes works from Frederic Rzewski (a major influence on Little) and John Cage (a major influence on Rzewski) – all musical works which respond to historic events in radically different ways.
University of Chicago Residency Week
Learn more about El Mozote.
Info about the concert.
Commemorating El Mozote at the University of Chicago.

Rush Hour Concerts

August 26, 2014

Where: St. James Cathedral
Address:
65 E Huron
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

5:45 p.m.
FREE

Amy Briggs, piano
Daniel Schlosberg, piano

REICH Sextet

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Where: Millennium Park – Pritzker Pavilion
Address:
201 E Randolph
Chicago, 60601 United States

6:30 p.m.
TCP goes on at 7:30 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

A program featuring all new music by Chicago composers, including Augusta Read Thomas’s epic “Resounding Earth,” scored for over 125 bells from around the world. We are sharing the bill with Brooklyn-based grit pop band Ghost Beach.

OWEN CLAYTON CONDON Fractalia
MARC MELLITS Gravity
DAVID SKIDMORE Percussion Quartets
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Resounding Earth

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Chicago Cultural Center

April 13, 2014

Where: Chicago Cultural Center
Address:
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Preston Bradley Hall- 3:00 p.m.

Free

 

ANDRES Austerity Measures (TCP commission, Chicago premiere)
HJERTMANN Automatic Glitch (TCP commission, World premiere)
SKIDMORE Trying (World premiere)

Third Coast Percussion closes out the 2013-14 Chicago Concert Season with a program of all new works by rising stars of American composition. Timo Andres’ Austerity Measures uses Bach’s first two-part invention as a jumping off point for a journey through unimagined sound worlds. The first work commissioned through TCP’s new Emerging Composers Partnership, Chicagoan Ben Hjertmann’s Automatic Glitch recreates complex electronic effects acoustically with 4 identical drum sets, and ensemble member David Skidmore brings us a new work for keyboard instruments and tuned pieces of wood and metal.

Where: Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Phone: 773.702.ARTS
Address:
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

7:30 p.m.
GUO WENJING Parade
CAGE Third Construction
THOMAS Resounding Earth (Chicago Premiere)

Post-concert discussion with Augusta Read Thomas and Third Coast Percussion

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University of Chicago Residency Week

“dark rooms”

December 8, 2013

Where: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

8:30 p.m. (doors at 8:00 p.m.)
$20/$10  Click here for tickets

BALTER dark rooms (TCP commission)
FISHER-LOCHHEAD On Tenterhooks (TCP commission, world premiere)
HEARNE Thaw (TCP commission)
SHAW Taxidermy
WOHL Pixelated
WOLFE Dark Full Ride

Third Coast returns to Constellation with “dark rooms,” an evening of extreme sensory stimuli, featuring music by America’s most innovative and omnivorous young composers. Marcos Balter (who was recently named to a Guggenheim Fellowship) composed dark rooms for Third Coast Percussion in 2007, one of TCP’s first commissioned works. It consists of 5 miniatures that each create their own unique sonic spaces, ranging from delicate to brutal, rave-like to mysterious. Chris Fisher-Lochhead’s brand new work explores the limits of rhythmic complexity while drawing curious colors from a broad arsenal of wood, metal and glass objects. In Ted Hearne’s Thaw, (recently recorded for Parlour Tapes’ *AND album) intensifying drums break through a wall of icy glockenspiel, and Caroline Shaw’s sparse Taxidermy features a dozen flower pots with meditative marimba and vibraphone accompaniment. Toy piano, metal keyboards and electronic sounds make up Daniel Wohl’s funky and ecstatic Pixelated, and the quartet rocks out on 4 drum sets in Julia Wolfe’s Dark Full Ride.

 

Where: Private: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States

 

Third Coast Percussion presents

“Infinitesimal Machinery”

 

Thierry De Mey – Musique de Tables

Nathan Davis – Simple Songs of Birth and Return

John Cage – Branches

David Lang – The So-Called Laws of Nature (part 3)

John Cage- Duet for Cymbal

Thomas Meadowcroft – The Great Knot

 

TCP opens their 2013-14 Chicago Concert Season with their first performance at Chicago’s hip new venue Constellation, in a program that zooms in on tiny instruments to explore miniature sound worlds.

8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 p.m.)

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This event is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Where: Mayne Stage
Phone: (773) 381-4554
Address:
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626 United States

8:00 p.m.
$20/$15 students and seniors

APPLEBAUM Wrist Watch Geology
TYMOCZKO Rock Dots (Chicago premiere)
LUNSQUI Shi
INGEBRISTEN Improvisation in an Altered State (world premiere)
MUHLY Pillaging Music
MELLITS Gravity (U.S. premiere)

For our final Chicago concert of the season, we have crafted an evening of musical mayhem for Mayne Stage’s intimate club atmosphere. The program blends rock, Renaissance counterpoint and electronic surround sound as we strike, rub and shake whisky bottles, grill grates, chopsticks, and more. This performance includes premieres by Chicago composers Marc Mellits and Ryan Ingebritsen.

Where: Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music
Address:
38 S. Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States

“Makro-American: Crumb/Reich”
Featuring pianists Timothy Andres and David Kaplan
7:30 p.m.
$15/$10 students and seniors

Third Coast Percussion welcomes pianists Timothy Andres and David Kaplan for masterworks by two of America’s most prized composers.  George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening is a fractured evocation of nature and the cosmos, while Steve Reich’s Sextet creates a steady drive of interlocking melodic patterns on a variety of keyboards.

CRUMB Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III)
REICH Sextet

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Where: International House at the University of Chicago
Phone: (773) 753-2270
Address:
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

“Metal”
Chicago Concert Season
7:30 p.m.
$15/$10 students and seniors

An evening of music for instruments made of metal, from the meditative resonance of Thai gongs to the driving clang of pots and pans.  Program features the Chicago premiere of Philippe Manoury’s Métal, featuring custom-made metal keyboards that surround the audience.

CAGE First Construction
TENNEY Koan: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion
LANG Anvil Chorus
MANOURY Métal

 

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Click here to watch video of TCP performing on Sixxen, built by members of the ensemble.

Where: Millennium Park
Address:
201 east randolph
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Performance of JLA’s 99-person outdoor drum and fife extravaganza. Hosted by Eighth Blackbird and Chicago’s newest intrepid percussion event organizer, Doug Perkins.