Bienen Ensembles

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Part of the Joan La Barbara Residency

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 7:30pm

Galvin Recital Hall

Ben Bolter, conductor

In its first concert of the academic year, the Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Elijah Smith’s Scions of an Atlas, a work premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2021. Also featured is Joan La Barbara’s Awakenings, a sound painting about awakening from an extended state of sleep to a new world; the work was inspired by the Oliver Sacks book of the same name. Rounding out the program is David Lang’s Jimi Hendrix–inspired tuba concerto, Are You Experienced?

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Joan La Barbara Residency

October 21-29 at the Bienen School of Music

About the Residency

Recognized as a contemporary music vocal virtuoso, Joan La Barbara is credited with advancing a new vocabulary of vocal sounds. Her work has been featured in a wide variety of settings, from chamber, orchestral, and choral music to film scores and vocal effects. She visits the Bienen School for discussions, master classes, and performances of her work.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.