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Impromptu Fest
Guarneri Hall NFP
Chicago, IL
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Impromptu Fest
Now in its second year, the Impromptu Fest is a series of 8 concerts featuring 16 different Chicago-based ensembles playing newly composed music.  Impromptu Fest is a showcase for the members of New Music Chicago, an organization dedicated to the performance of non-mainstream and experimental music.

This year Impromptu Fest will be featuring a number of student ensembles in our lineup, and boasts a wealth of multi-media presentations incorporating video, electronics, still images, and live improvisation.  

For our second year, we are at the brand-new Guarneri Hall, 11 E. Adams St., 3rd floor, right in the heart of downtown Chicago, which features exquisite acoustic engineering and state-of-the-art equipment in an intimate, 75-seat setting.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:30 pm
Fifth House Ensemble:  Fresh Inc. All Stars
Heare Ensemble:  Voice of the Whale

genealogy I - Niko D. Schroeder
BLK GIRL ART (video) - Ayanna Woods
Lonesome Roads - Dan Visconti
Café Music - Paul Schoenfield

Carter Pann - Melodies for Robert
Narong Prangcharoen - Bencharong
George Crumb Vox Balanae

Friday, March 22, 2019
7:30 pm
Jennifer Woodrum:  Chicago Composers
Students of the University of Chicago:Will Meyers, Ted Moore: Shadow Studies

As Deperation Sets in, Caleb Burhans
Stubborn As Hell, Stacy Garrop
Black, Marc Mellits
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, James Stephenson

Five Studies and a Postlude (2019), Will Myers
it teaches us that it doesnt exist (2017) by Ted Moore
shadow (2018) by Ted Moore
still motion b, or things a mouth does (2017) by Ted Moore

Saturday, March 23, 2019
7:30 pm
Gaudete Brass:  A Chicago Brass Showcase
Brass Students of Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University

Works by Sampson, Nowakowski, Leon and Paterson

Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:00 pm
Wurtz-Berger Duo:  Touch the Restless Wood
Amos Gillespie and Lakeshore Rush:  Midwest Meets the Rest

Restless, by Ken Thomson
Of Wood and Touch, by Alex Shapiro
Moonflowers, by Marta Ptaszynska
Improvisations, Alyson Berger and Amy Wurtz

Glassworks, Phillip Glass
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano, Gian Carlo Menotti
Curved Silence, Beth Bradfish
these broken wings, David Lang
The Spanish Speakers, Amos Gillespie
These questions three, Amos Gillespie

Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30 pm
Chicago Composers Consortium:  Composers Consortium and Friends
William Jason Raynovich and Seth Boustead:  Sheep Dip!


Assisi Impressions by Elizabeth Start
Mandala by Lawrence Axelrod
Solitary Confinement by Timothy Ernest Johnson
Houses of Cards by Timothy Edwards
Respiro by KC Ginther
It Only Needs to Be Seen by Kyong Mee Choi      

now (ongoing) by William Jason Raynovich
The Numinous by Seth Boustead
Whitespace by Seth Boustead
Marginal Capacity by Seth Boustead
Three Contrasting Pieces by Seth Boustead
Friday, March 29, 2019
7:30 pm
Naperville Chamber Players:  Ad AstraTo the Stars
Janice Misurell Mitchell:  The Speaking Flute

Constellations for Alto Flute and Marimba, Joe W. Moore, III
Nebula for solo Cello, Mischa Zupko
The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics, Ben Wahlund
Double Concerto for Oboe and Cello, Jenni Brandon

Claude Debussy, Syrinx
Edgard Varèse, Density 21.5
Sub-Music and Song, Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Sometimes the City is Silent, Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Blues Man, Poet Woman, Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Amendment Blues No. 1, Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Motelloneliness, Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Karawane, Janice Misurell-Mitchell

Saturday, March 30, 2019
7:30 pm
Impromptu Fest Presents:  ~Nois
Aviary: Aviary Performs New Works by Northwestern Composers

Dwalm (2018) by Gemma Peacocke
even the words that we are speaking now (2018) by Darcy Copeland
Saxophonquartett (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas
Improvisation by ~Nois

New Work (2019) by Neil Quigley
And or Other (2018) by Emily Praetorius
Invention of Water (2018) by Ben Zucker

Sunday, March 31, 2019
3:00 pm
Crossing Borders Music: African-American Women Composers: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Impromptu Fest Presents:  Students of Elmhurst College

Florence Prices 5 Folksongs in Counterpoint
Undine Smith-Moores Afro-American Suite
Brittany J. Greens Portraits for Piano Solo
Elizabeth Bakers Rain on the Cotton
Jordyn Davis' What Have You Done? (Who Are You?)

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. Visit New Music Chicago online at https://www.newmusicchicago.org/


Guarneri Hall NFP (View)
11 E. Adams St., #350a
Chicago, IL 60603
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Ambient
Music > Americana
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental
Music > Festivals
Music > Global
Music > Symphony

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: New Music Chicago
On BPT Since: Feb 01, 2019
Impromptu Fest

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