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Classical Wed Nov 06 2013

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - November 2013

By Elliot Mandel

Before you overdo it at Thanksgiving (you know you will), fill up on these small-format concerts. Hear familiar and new music while getting right up close to some of Chicago's finest ensembles. Then pass the pie.

CAIC's Lieder Lounge
Following the success of the Collaborative Works Festival in September, the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago presents its Fall Lieder Lounge. A fixture on some of the biggest opera stages in the world, Laquita Mitchell brings her rich soprano pipes to this intimate salon concert high up in the Fine Arts Building. Get cozy in the Dixon/Stein shop and gallery among fine instruments and fine singing with a great view of Grant Park. Program includes songs by Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss, Joaquin Turina, Florence Price, and Margaret Bonds. Tickets include desserts and drinks. For real. Tickets are $30/general, $15/student. Friday, November 8, 7pm. Dixon/Stein Studio, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 801.

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Avalon String Quartet
No a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Art Institute with the Avalon String Quartet. The Avalon continues its exploration of Béla Bartók, performing his Quartet No. 3, an adventurous work of multiple personalities and unusual technical demands. Paired with Bartók is Schubert's Quartet in G Major: the composer's final quartet, written two years before he died, yet bursting with energy and beauty. Both works will shine in the hands of the Avalon. Free with museum admission. Sunday, November 24, 2pm. Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Q Ensemble: Three-Sided
Chicago Q Ensemble steps out of traditional performance norms to explore how theater can interact with chamber music. Performing Beethoven's String Trio in c minor and works by two of today's finest composers — Marcos Balter and Andrew Norman — Chicago Q Ensemble joins staging director Deirdre Harrison in a production that allows the musicians a role of heightened expression beyond merely interpreting the composer's intent. No, I don't know what it will look like either, and that's why I'm going. Tickets are $10/general, $5/student. Sunday, November 24, 8:30pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

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Programs, artists, and prices subject to change. Tickets subject to availability.

About the author: Elliot Mandel plays cello, attends lots of concerts, writes reviews, and takes pictures. He will eat a shameless amount of pumpkin pie.

 
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