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Classical Mon Feb 03 2014

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - February 2014

By Elliot Mandel

This month's column is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Sobol, a pioneering champion of the arts who believed that music is as essential to living as air and water. Her vision was limitless, her energy infectious. She was a friend, colleague, mentor, teacher, and advocate for countless musicians, students, and arts professionals around the city. Debbie changed the classical music experience in Chicago and her legacy will be heard for years to come. No doubt she now has a front row seat watching Brahms and Schubert perform piano music for four hands. In Debbie's memory, here are some of her favorite ensembles appearing in Chicago this month.

Chicago Chamber Musicians
Oboist Anne Bach replaces Alex Klein and joins brass and woodwind members of CCM in a beautiful program of music by Mozart and Mahler, and recent works by Stacy Garrop and James Stephansom. Tickets are $35 - $45; students $10. 7:30pm. Sunday, February 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Monday, February 10, Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago.

Spektral Quartet
SQ retools its popular Sampler Pack program to include friends from around the new music community. The program includes music by August Read Thomas and Marcos Balter. Grab a beer and dig the new tunes. Tickets are $10. Sunday, February 9, 8:30pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. 21 and over.

Fulcrum Point New Music Project
The astounding trumpeter and Fulcrum Point leader Stephen Burns is joined by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and violinist Matthias Tacke in a convergence of music and poetry at the Poetry Foundation. Free. Wednesday, February 12, 7pm. Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior.

Third Coast Percussion
Augusta Read Thomas's Resounding Earth features the sounds of dozens of bells from around the world in a piece written especially for TCP; you won't see anything else like it. The program includes John Cage's Third Construction. Tickets are $25, $5 for students. Friday, February 21, 7:30pm. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Fifth House Ensemble
In a program of music by Philip Glass, Charles Zoll, Astor Piazzolla, and Augusta Read Thomas, the versatile members of 5HE and storyteller Sarah Becan explore the ancient and magical concept of inspiration. Free. Sunday, February 23, 3:00 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago.

Avalon String Quartet
Continuing its cycle of Bartok quartets, the Avalon returns to the Art Institute to perform the Hungarian master's Quartet No. 5, along with Haydn's Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6. The music is paired with a discussion of painter Vasily Kandinsky. Free with museum admission. Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

And mark your calendars for the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series, each Tuesday evening from June through August, and Make Music Chicago on June 21.


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.

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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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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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