February 10, 7:30 PM
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
From deep in the earth to the furthest reaches of outer space, Specific Gravity features music inspired by our physical universe. The event will pair informal conversations with leading scientists about the topics at hand with performances of the pieces. Specialty cocktails created by Wei-han Hu at the Drifter and inspired by the theme will be served at the adjoining Carbon Arc bar.
Music to be performed features several Chicago premieres including Olga Neuwirth's virtuosic Quasare/Pulsarefor violin and prepared, "deconstructed" piano, Lois Vierk's mercurial chamber work Red Shift inspired by astronomical phenomena and Christopher Stark's Stars in Dead Reflection.
Giving the concert its name is Lansing McCloskey's Specific Gravity, a percussion-heavy chamber work that takes inspiration from the formation process of gems in the earth's crust. The program concludes with Paul Lansky's three-movement work Horizons.
Alyson Berger – cello
Kate Carter – violin
Amos Gillespie – alto saxophone
Douglas Johnson – bass
Trevor O’Riordan – clarinet
Trevor Patrick Watkin – flute
Amy Wurtz – piano
Gloria Yehilevsky – percussion
Henry Zheng – violin
$20, $12 students For tickets visit the ACM website
Photos courtesy of Access Contemporary Music