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

University of Chicago Presents

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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

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. The composer will be in attendance, as will key players in the United Nations Truth Commission whose investigation of the events at El Mozote continues today.
University of Chicago Residency Week
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Constellation – “Straitjacket”

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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

7:30 p.m.
APPLEBAUM Straitjacket
PFEFFER New Work (TCP commission- Emerging Composers Partnership)
CUTHBERT New Work (TCP commission)
DILLON New Work

An evening of new works and TCP commissions, including 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.

Jonathan Pfeffer’s new work is supported by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds visit the New Music USA project page.

MCA Stage – 1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

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 – 2

Friday, May 22, 2015

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

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.


Past Chicago Concerts

Rush Hour Concerts

August 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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: Constellation
Address:
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

 

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

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

“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

“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

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.