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Pulling Strings: For Classical Music in Chicago, You Got a Guy - May and June 2015

Special edition double month column to kick off the summer's music!


Third Coast Percussion: Wild Sound
TCP hits the MCA with an explosion of Glenn Kotche music, including the Wilco drummer's "Wild Sound." Composed for the TCP, "Wild Sound" incorporates field recordings from nature and urban life; during the performance, the ensemble constructs and performs on instruments designed by Kotche. The program includes works by Steve Reich, Joao Gilberto, and pieces performed by Kotche himself. Get tickets fast to to the May 21 performance — the May 22 concert is already sold out. Tickets are $28 nonmembers, $22 MCA members, $10 students. Thursday, May 21, 7:30pm. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Photo: Saverio Truglia)

Spektral Quartet: Comic Cadences
What's the deal with classical music? Have you ever noticed how sometimes you clap, but sometimes you don't? Spektral Quartet closes its 2014/15 season with jokes in Comic Cadences. The Spektrals debut "Hack," an ambitious new work by Chris Fisher-Lochhead, using rhythm and pitch from comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Tig NOtaro, and more. Read an interview with the composer and dig this sample featuring Richard Lewis. The program leads off with Sarah Macklay's "Many Many Cadences," and Haydn's "The Joke." No word on whether Doyle Armbrust will tell viola jokes during intermission. Tickets are $12; age 18+ only. Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Rush Hour Concerts
Rush Hour Concerts launches its 16th summer of popular early-evening concerts featuring some of Chicago's best-loved artists and ensembles and wide-reaching programs. The season opens with an unlikely pairing of music for trumpet (the CSO's Christopher Martin) and organ (Nathan Laube), and continues with the Civitas Ensemble (members of the CSO), Fifth House Ensemble, Haymarket Opera Company, and Axiom Brass. Still the best deal in summer chamber music: 30 minutes of free music every week in the lovely St. James Cathedral. Doors at 5pm, concert at 5:45pm. Every Tuesday, June through August, corner of Huron and Wabash.

Grant Park Music Festival
Jerks who say classical music is dead haven't seen the crowds who flock to the GPMF. Witness it for yourself when GPMF and music director Carlos Kalmar open the 2015 season with a couple of war horses: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yevgeny Sudbin, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Throughout the summer, you can hear favorites by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn, as well as Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6, and William Walton's Viola Concerto from 1929. Bring your friends, a blanket, and all the food you can eat and experience some of the best programming in downtown classical music. You can also attend the orchestra's free open rehearsals throughout each week. Admission is free. Opens Wednesday, June 17, 7:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.


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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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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