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Classical Thu Oct 09 2014

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

"Classical music is dead. Long live classical music!" - The Internet.

The lesson: Read less internet. See more music.

Spektral Quartet: Sampler Pack
If you haven't seen the Spektrals by now, then I just don't know. Do yourself a favor and check out their latest Sampler Pack concert to get a distillation of their entire outlook on music. n one performance, SQ offers small bits of works from Ligeti's manic Quartet No. 2 to Beethoven's melancholic Opus 132; from brooding Philip Glass to nostalgic Dvorak. Hear string players sing and recite poetry while playing during David Reminick's The Ancestral Mousetrap, and hear selections from SQ's Mobile Minis ringtone project. The ever-evolving quartet will welcome violinist Clara Lyon to the group, in place of the departing Aurelien Pederzoli. There will also be alcohol. Tickets are $12. Saturday, October 25, 8pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Chicago a cappella: Global Transcendence
Vocal ensembles don't come much better than Chicago a cappella. The chamber choir boasts a vast repertoire covering — and adding to — the entire history of singing. Their program this month explores the ancient musical commonalities among Hindu, Baha'I, Jewish, Christian, and other cultures, while touching on music by Thomas Tallis, Johannes Brahms, Henry Purcell alongside Gregorian chant. Tickets are $38, $30, $25 seniors, $12 students. Saturday, October 18, 8pm. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Sunday, October 19, 4pm. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, Chicago.

Third Coast Percussion: Haunt of Last Nightfall
TCP returns to the Logan Center for one heavy-hitting and beautiful program. The concert features David T. Little's work, "Haunt of Last Nightfall," written for the ensemble, commemorating the massacre at El Mozote, El Salvador in the 1980s. Other works on the program feature music written in response to historic and tragic events: John Cage's "Credo in US," written after the Pearl Harbor bombing; and Frederic Rzewski's "Coming Together," a musical setting of letters from an Attica State Prison following the riots in 1971. Tickets are $25, $5 students. Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.


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

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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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