MusicNOW: Dark with Excessive Bright


Two mini-concertos, Gabriella Smith’s Riprap for marimba and Missy Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass, anchor this eclectic program. Mario Diaz de León’s Anima for three cellos is inspired by ancient vocal traditions. The late Canadian post-minimalist master Ann Southam’s Webster’s Spin for string orchestra evokes the meditative tranquility of weaving and sewing.

MusicNOW offers an immersive, sonic journey through groundbreaking repertoire. Join us for a program of expertly curated contemporary music featuring new commissions and multimedia works performed by musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Each evening includes a postconcert reception with free food and drink.

Major support for MusicNOW is generously provided by the Irving Harris Foundation, The Sally Mead Hands Foundation, The Julian Family Foundation, Cindy Sargent and the Zell Family Foundation.