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

In honor of #Movember, here is British composer Edward Elgar:


And now, on to the recommendations for this month.

Fonema Consort
With its home in Chicago, Fonema Consort has built an international fan base as it builds a reputation in the new music world for adventurous programming. The artists that make up Fonema are constantly thrown from traditional styles of playing, forcing them to add rhythmically and physically complex vocalizations into their playing. And they're really good at it, as you'll see during their appearance as part of the Latino Music Festival. The program includes unusual instrumental combinations, such as Pablo Santiago Chin's Como la leyenda de Tlön for soprano and percussion. The program also includes works by Gustavo Leone and Francisco Castillo Tigueros. Thursday, Nov. 13, 7pm. University of Chicago, Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis, Chicago. Free admission.

Porgy and Bess at Lyric Opera
Classic Gershwin. Classic songs. When Lyric staged Porgy and Bess for the first time a few years ago, it became the company's most successful show. Back again, and with bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy, and soprano Adina Aaron making her Lyric debut, this production is sure to be a highlight of Lyric's current season. With Porgy, George Gershwin crossed musical and social boundaries, characteristically blending European/classical traditions with African American and Jewish musical themes; Porgy debuted in New York in 1935 with an entire cast of African American singers. The songs are instantly recognizable and singable, including "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So." This is music by arguably the most American of American composers. Nov. 17 - Dec. 20. Ticket prices vary. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.

Bow and Hammer/Classical Revolution
Formed in 2012, Bow and Hammer is violinist Kathryn Satoh and pianist Elizabeth Newkirk. The duo is dedicated to the violin/piano repertoire, and since they perform and tour together, are able to build a musical relationship otherwise unseen among individual solo artists. On this double-bill, Classical Revolution brings its unique approach to classical music to Constellation. CR has a presence in cities across the US, and encourages open classical jam sessions in non-traditional venues. Wendesday, Nov. 26, 6pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Free admission.


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

About the author: Elliot Mandel photographs classical concerts and you should hire him for your next show. He also writes reviews and plays cello.

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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
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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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Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
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Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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