For Your Ears
Gotcho’ listening cut out for you this here weekend.
Tonight, 7:30pm at the Ruth Page Theater: The Chicago Composers Orchestra finishes their season with a program of Chicago composers and the premiere of Chen Yi’s Xian Shi, a concerto for viola and orchestra. The group seems to be on a roll with concertos; we’ll see if it continues next season. You can read about their first concert of the season in my interview with Kyle Vegter.
June 2nd, 8pm at Orchestra Hall: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, performs works by Ravel, Falla, and Messiaen. I mean, it’s no Turangalîla Symphony, but I’ll take it. Morlot was the guest conductor on ICE’s most recent Chicago concert. He met Juan Pablo Carreño’s gut-wrenching Golpe en al diafragma with a jerky head and weighted hands that seemed to accent nearly every beat of the music. Morlot makes conducting look like hard labor; he makes sounds look heavy. The CSO concert repeats on June 5th at 7:30pm.
June 2nd, 9:30pm at the Beat Kitchen: The Soft Pack play a show of their own before their performance at the Do-Division Street Fest the next day. Their first (and so far only) album was one of my favorites of 2009. There’s a giddiness to their punk vibe that I can’t quite shake, best encapsulated in their Hard Day’s Nightesque music video for “C’mon’”:
I’m also drawn to frontman Matt Lamkin’s voice, which resembles a somewhat calmer Ian Mackaye. Like, when he’s not screaming and stuff. Speaking of which…
June 3rd, 7pm at Lincoln Hall: Instrument, a Fugazi tribute band recently founded by Paul Kelvington (who also made a Minutemen tribute band, apparently) will perform the classic album 13 Songs in its entirety. They have to finish what TV on the Radio started. And in true Fugazi fashion, it’s a benefit! All proceeds go towards drum sets for Girls Rock! Chicago, a non-profit which holds a music summer camp for 8-16 year old girls.
June 3rd, 8pm at the Hideout: Homeroom presents the latest installment in their Physics for Listeners series, featuring a group of local composers that will double as the performers of their pieces. I’m especially excited to hear composer/bassoonist Katherine Young’s stuff, although I’m not really sure what to expect. Which is, of course, the best part about contemporary music.