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Feature Tue Dec 10 2013

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

By Elliot Mandel

'Tis the season for long underwear and glögg. And bars with fireplaces. And brass. Lots of brass.

Dame Myra Hess Concert Series
If you find yourself hankering for brass music this time of year, get a taste of something beyond traditional. The adventurous Gaudete Brass Quintet explores the breadth of brass repertoire in a program that alternates between contemporary and Renaissance composers, including Jonathan Newman's Chicago-inspired "Prayers of Steel." Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Follow that with the lush Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 and Piazzolla's "Spring" from his Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as violinist David Bowlin, cellist Si-Yan Darren Li, and pianist Spencer Myer set up under the Tiffany dome. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Both performances are free and will take place at 2:15pm. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Frequency Series: Fifth House Ensemble
For Christmas music you won't hear in any store, drop in on the latest installment of the Frequency Series at Constellation. Fifth House Ensemble warms your heart with three wise men of 20th Century composition: George Crumb, Alfred Schnittke, and Arnold Schoenberg, followed by Baroque masters Corelli and Bach. Tickets support 5HE's education programs and include a $5 drink voucher. Tickets $17-20. Sunday, Dec. 15, 8:30pm. Constellation Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave.


MusicNow: Carbide & Carbon
Rule: never pass up the opportunity to see a cello octet, especially when that octet comes from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The CSO's MusicNow series features its Composer-in-Residence, Mason Bates and the world premiere of his "Carbide & Carbon" for eight cellos. Other CSO members perform music by percussionist Andy Akiho, David Lang, and Eduardo Guzman. With the exception of Bates, these are composers never heard in Orchestra Hall — don't miss one of this month's contemporary music highlights. General admission tickets are $25, $10 for students. Monday, Dec. 16, 7pm. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner 9
The CSO has been on a late 19th Century kick lately, giving stellar performances of Bruckner and Mahler in the last two months. This month, the streak is sure to continue as former Ravinia Festival music director Christoph Eschenbach returns to lead Bruckner's Symphony No. 9. The Austrian composer's final symphony is another towering achievement, emotionally rich and sonically dark at first, it moves to a hammering middle section, and ends as a gentle farewell. Tickets start at $35. Thursday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 21, 8pm.; Friday, Dec. 20, 1:30pm. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan 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. Bring on the cold.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

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

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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