The University of Chicago Presents this week announced its fall 2021 slate of programming. The autumn’s ten concerts will be held on the University of Chicago campus in the South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the release notes that each quarter’s programming will be announced separately. Along with this adjustment, there will not be season subscriptions, rather, a four-title flexible ticket package.
An early-season highlight will come in the form of star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who will perform music by Pierre Jalbert, John Harbison, and Richard Danielpour (a world premiere of his work A Standing Witness) with the accompaniment of Music from Copland House. That performance will take place on Friday, October 8 at 7:30 pm.
Lutenist Nigel North will also appear on campus, performing staples of the 16th-century repertoire onstage on October 24.
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A three-program series from French string quartet Quatuor Diotima, the University’s 2021-22 ensemble-in-residence, will kick off soon thereafter; the ensemble will explore music from and about Paris in selections by Boulez, Debussy, Stravinsky, and more. Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu will join the quartet for the final program.
Other UChicago Presents classical highlights will include performances by pianist Eugenia Jeong, the Grossman Ensemble, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Meanwhile, performances by Plena Libre (the University’s 2019-20 ensemble-in-residence) and the Charles Lloyd Quartet will infuse Afro-Rican and jazz music, respectively, into the fall’s lineup.
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Ticketing for all programs is tiered, with most dates offering discounts for under-35 ticketholders. All performances offer discounts to all students, Teen Arts Pass availability, and free tickets to children 6-17 years old accompanying a paying adult.
The University of Chicago Presents’ 2021 season kicks off on October 2. Visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu for ticketing and information.
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