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2007-2008 World Premieres & New Repertory

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will give the world premiere performances of two works during the 2007-2008 season.

  • In October 2007, CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink will lead the CSO in the world premiere of Chicago Remains by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mark-Anthony Turnage, commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Edward F. Schmidt Family Commissioning Fund. These performances will mark the second time the Orchestra has presented the world premiere of one of Mr. Turnage's works: in January 2007, the CSO, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presented the first performances of Mr. Turnage's From All Sides. Chicago audiences heard the first CSO performances of music by Mr. Turnage in January 1997, when Mr. Haitink led the Orchestra in Some Days, featuring mezzo-soprano Cynthia Clarey. In April 2000, the CSO performed the American premiere of his Evening Songs under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. In May 2004, Mr. Turnage's composition No Let Up, commissioned by the CSO's MusicNOW series, was performed by musicians of the CSO under the direction of MusicNOW Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot.

  • CSO Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez will lead the Orchestra in world premiere performances of Osiris by Matthias Pintscher in February 2008. The work, which is a co-commission by the CSO, the London Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, will also be performed at Carnegie Hall during the CSO's tour later that month. The work will be given its European premiere by the LSO later in the 2007-2008 season. One of the most sought-after German composers of his generation, Mr. Pintscher has seen his work championed by musicians including Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst, and Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Among his most celebrated achievements are his first opera, Thomas Chatterton, commissioned by the Dresden Opera; a violin concerto written for Frank Peter Zimmermann, en sourdine; and his cello concerto for Truls Mørk, Reflections on Narcissus. In 2006, flutist Emmanuel Pahud and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra premiered one of his works at the Lucerne Festival, where Pintscher is this year's artist-in-residence. These concerts will mark the first time that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Mr. Pintscher; musicians from the CSO performed the composer's Janusgesicht on the MusicNOW series in October 2005. Osiris is commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Edward F. Schmidt Family Commissioning Fund.

Throughout the 2007-2008 season, Symphony Center audiences will hear a number of works performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time: John Adams' Harmonielehre, Luciano Berio's Quatre dédicaces and Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini), a new work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, Debussy's Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Delius' A Song of Summer, Jefferson Friedman's The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, Janáček's Jealousy, Giya Kancheli's …à la Duduki, Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto, Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs, Jean-Philippe Rameau's Suite from Les Boréades, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto, Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, selections from Georg Philipp Telemann's Tafelmusik, and John Williams' The Five Sacred Trees and American Journey, among others.

2007-2008 MusicNOW

Symphony Center's new music series, MusicNOW, will present the world premiere of Step Team (a MusicNOW commission) by the young American composer Nico Muhly in November 2007. MusicNOW also will introduce Chicago to new music by such composers as Philip Glass, Derek Johnson, Maria Schneider, Oliver Knussen, Osvaldo Golijov, Rolf Wallin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, performed by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.



Acclaimed vocal ensemble moves concert series to the West Loop neighborhood for three concerts in 2007-08

Chicago, IL — Chicago a cappella, the city’s most acclaimed chamber vocal ensemble, will move its Chicago concerts to the West Loop neighborhood beginning with Days of Awe and Rejoicing: Hidden Gems of Jewish Music, the group’s season-opener, on October 11. The nine-voice group has performed regularly in Chicago since its founding in 1993, but chose Merit School of Music’s Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall as its new home after a thorough search for an acoustically superior venue. In two short years since the Merit School moved into its new home on Peoria Street, Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall has become known as one of the city’s premiere chamber music venues. Already home to numerous instrumental chamber ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the concert hall will now host professional vocal music, as Chicago a cappella brings its fun and innovative style to the West Loop.

Chicago a cappella will perform two additional concerts at Gottlieb Hall during its 2007-08 season: Romanticism and Rock ‘n’ Roll, a fun mix of two different styles of music, on February 22, 2008; and Voces latinas, featuring new choral works from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, on April 18. An additional concert, Holidays a cappella: The Season of Light will be performed at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue on December 7.

Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the nine-voice group is acclaimed for its superb ensemble singing, fascinating programs, and intimate, engaging performances under founder and artistic director Jonathan Miller. Since 1993, Chicago a cappella has presented over 100 concerts in the Chicago area in addition to appearances in ten states and in Mexico. The ensemble has released six CDs and has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune for its “wit, imagination, and flawless intonation.” American Organist magazine recently praised the group’s “breathtaking ensemble and control [and] stylistic elegance...Chicago a cappella is a jewel in the crown of Chicago's musical life.”

Chicago a cappella makes its West Loop debut with Days of Awe and Rejoicing: Hidden Gems of Jewish Music on Thursday, October 11, 7:30 pm, at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria Street in Chicago. Additional performances of this concert take place in Oak Park (October 13) and Evanston (Oct. 14). The program will include a newly-commissioned work by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop, the first of five new commissions as part of a year-long series to celebrate Chicago a cappella’s 15th season. Future commissions will include works by Rollo Dilworth and Tania León.

Chicago a cappella’s four concert programs during 2007-08 will include performances in Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, and Naperville. Flexible subscriptions provide four tickets good for any combination of Chicago a cappella concerts; subscriptions are $125 for preferred seating, $100 for general seating, and $80 for seniors (62+) and full-time students (23 and under). Subscribers receive advance online program notes, subscriber e-mail newsletters, an invitation to an Open Rehearsal, and a free Guest Voucher for any concert. Individual tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission seating, and $22 for seniors (62+) and full-time students (23 and under). For subscriptions, tickets, or a season brochure, call Chicago a cappella at (773) 755-1628 or visit

Calendar Editors, Please Note:
[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Chicago a cappella, Jonathan Miller, artistic director: 2007-08 Season
“Days of Awe and Rejoicing: Hidden Gems of Jewish Music”: Oct. 11 (at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall), 13 & 14, 2007
“Holidays a cappella: The Season of Light”: December 2, 7, 8 & 9, 2007
“Romanticism and Rock ‘n’ Roll”: February 9, 10, 22 (at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall) & 24, 2008
“Voces latinas”: April 13, 18 (at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall) & 19, 2008
For subscriptions, tickets, and more information: (773) 755-1628 or


Theatre Building Chicago continues its 30th anniversary season with the first of six new musicals in progress: OPENING DAY
– premiering 7PM, October 29, 2007

Theatre Building Chicago continues its 30th anniversary season with the first of six new musicals-in-progress this season: OPENING DAY (Book by Steve Delchamps & Doug Voegtle; Lyrics by Steve Delchamps; Music by Doug Voegtle), premiering 7PM, October 29, 2007. Stephen Metcalfe’s 1982 play, STRANGE SNOW, is re-imagined in this new musical that centers on the dramatic tale of two young Vietnam veterans and their harrowing readjustment to civilian life. A brave new musical that weaves together drama, romance and comedy while exposing the anger and suffering of two veterans in their journey to hope. Join the cast & creators of OPENING DAY for a post show reception!

Theatre Building Chicago is located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood (1225 W Belmont Ave.), and tickets are just $10, including a post-show reception! Reservations are strongly encouraged, so call 773.327.5252 to reserve your tickets today!

Stage Director Josh Penzell and Musical Director Tim Splain helm the cast, featuring actors Christa Buck; Elizabeth Haley; Trey Maclin and Marc Pera. For more information, visit TBC online:

Theatre Building Chicago has devoted 30 years to cultivating new American musical theatre by supporting writers, lyricists and composers, while staging over 125 new musicals in Chicago. Members of TBC's musical theatre writers workshop meet regularly to collaborate under the guidance of Artistic Director, John Sparks.

Members develop individual projects with select new works presented in the Monday Night Musicals series, as well as Studio Presentations, One Acts, Mini-Musicals and Stages, TBC’s annual festival of new musicals in progress – all performed at Theatre Building Chicago. Alumni workshop member Dave Hudson (award winning lyricist & author of Muskie Love (Stages 2003); Bringers (Stages 2005) Main-Travelled Roads (Stages 2006) praised the workshop, saying “I have learned more in one year at this workshop than in all my other workshops combined and it has motivated me to write more now than I ever have in the past. There is nowhere in the world like TBC.”

Theatre Building Chicago’s musical program offers an array of works in multiple “stages” of development. TBC nurtures new works through its musical theatre writers workshop and through collaboration with theatre companies and artists across the country. Theatre Building Chicago welcomes media attention focusing on the developmental process of new musicals; however, all new musical works in progress are considered not appropriate for critical review.

OPENING DAY tickets are $10.00*. Valet & metered parking available and restaurant discounts (with TBC ticket stubs) at nearby restaurants TBC restaurant partners. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

A complete schedule of all 2007-2008 "Monday Night Musicals" may be found online at (or click here). For additional information on Theatre Building Chicago and featured theatre companies performing at TBC, visit our website:
  • What: OPENING DAY (Book by Steve Delchamps & Doug Voegtle; Lyrics by Steve Delchamps; Music by Doug Voegtle)
  • When: 7PM, Monday – October 29, 2007
  • Where: Theatre Building Chicago: 1225 W. Belmont Ave. – Chicago
  • Tickets: $10* (advance reservations are strongly encouraged)
  • * BOX OFFICE: Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W Belmont Ave or call the TBC box office: (773) 327-5252; also available through Ticketmaster: (312) 902-1500 or

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