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      Chicago Humanities Festival: JOURNEYS
      (312) 494-9509
      The Mutations of Vijay Iyer
      Vijay Iyer: jazz pianist, classical violinist, interdisciplinary PhD in the cognitive science of music. This unlikely blend has helped Iyer navigate the intersection of contemporary and avant-garde jazz with generosity and verve. On the heels of his latest album, Mutations, join him for a lively session in music theory and practice. Monica Hairston O'Connell, the executive director of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago, joins him for a conversation.
      October 26 at 3 PM
      Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Performance Hall)

      915 E. 60th St., Chicago

      Beautiful Voice: A Conversation with Renée Fleming
      One of the world’s greatest opera stars, Renée Fleming is also a Chicago treasure. The creative consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she has become an ambassador for arts education in the city. She is also the force behind one of Lyric’s most ambitious projects: Bel Canto, an opera based on Ann Patchett’s celebrated novel, which in turn takes its inspiration from Fleming’s career. She will discuss all that and more with opera dramaturg Colin Ure. You’ve heard her sing, including the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl; now come hear Renée Fleming talk.
      October 26 at 6 PM
      Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Performance Hall)

      915 E. 60th St., Chicago

      eighth blackbird
      Renowned for their unusual instrumentation and creative partnerships with today’s leading composers, Chicago’s eighth blackbird fuses musical virtuosity with the sensibility of avant-garde theater. Ensemble members Lisa Kaplan (piano) and Matthew Duvall (percussion) discuss their journey from the rehearsal rooms of Oberlin College to the world’s smartest and most sophisticated venues for contemporary classical music. Andrew Patner of 98.7 WFMT and the Chicago Sun-Times guides this conversation.
      November 2 at 12 PM
      Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Edlis Neeson Theater)
      220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago

      Les Adieux: Beethoven's Farewells
      Beethoven’s piano sonatas are among the towering compositions in music history. But even in this heralded oeuvre, Les Adieux stands apart. Built into the score itself is a story of multiple departures, from joyous to bittersweet. William Kinderman, leading Beethoven scholar and accomplished concert pianist, guides us through this singular work. In this lecture-performance, he illuminates Beethoven’s genius.
      November 2 at 2 PM
      Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (Buchanan Chapel at the Gratz Center)
      126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beyond the Score
      (312) 294-3000
      A Pierre Dream:  A Portrait of Pierre Boulez
      Chicago Symphony Orchestra
      Pierre Boulez, conductor
      Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
      Gerard McBurney, Creative Director
      Designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music, the first half of each Beyond the Score® program offers a multimedia examination of the selected score—its context in history, how it fits into the composer's output of works, the details of a composer's life that influenced its creation-sharing the illuminating stories found "inside" the music.After an intermission, concertgoers return to the hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety.
      In 2015 Pierre Boulez turns 90, and Beyond the Score celebrates with a phantasmagorical acoustic and theatrical journey through a lifetime of musical adventures, innovations and discoveries. Performed within an extraordinary, specially commissioned design, this production will mix live performance with rare archival footage and new interviews with the composer and conductor who has been, from the beginning, one of Beyond the Score’s most passionate champions. After the Friday evening performance, join the Beyond the Score® creative team for a Q&A session in Orchestra Hall to gain insight into the production and visual elements of the presentation. Free to all Friday ticket holders.
      November 14 at 7 PM/Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall
      220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

      November 16 at 3 PM/Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall
      220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

      College of DuPage
      The Washington Post hailed Danú for it’s “vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy.” Just try to sit still and not tap your feet while Danú performs. Their SRO concerts feature high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. One of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles, Danú’s virtuosi musicians play flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki, and entertain with their magnificent vocals (in Irish and English). Hailing from historic County Waterford, the group has performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Danú’s new show is a celebration of Christmas and Wren’s Day from their native Ireland.
      December 6 at 8 PM
      McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
      425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn