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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.


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.


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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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
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Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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