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Classical Tue Jul 07 2015

Pulling Strings: For Classical Music in Chicago, You Got a Guy - July 2015

Escape the heat and giant crowds during these dog days and check out some intimate chamber music with some of Chicago's best locally-based artists.

Lincoln Trio
As part of the University of Chicago's Chamber Music Intensive program, the Lincoln Trio present a public performance and discussion of Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio — that's the D-Major, Op. 70, No. 1 if you're keeping track. Written during the composer's so-called Middle Period (1802-12) when he was expanding the scope and scale of his musical output while simultaneously confronting his looming deafness, the music was said to have conjured images of Hamlet's father. The work is gripping and tense, particularly through the slow movement; the outer fast movements are more joyous, brightly colored, and energetic. If you haven't experienced a chamber performance at the Logan Center's 9th-floor penthouse, this would be a good chance: excellent acoustics, expansive views of Hyde Park, and a close-up look at one of the city's best chamber ensembles. Admission is free. Friday, July 17, 6:30pm. Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th.

Austin Wulliman
The Spektral Quartet violinist returns to Constellation for a solo-ish recital of adventurous new music, from Jonathon Kirk's improvised bird calls of extinct species, to Lee Hyla's explosive virtuosity, Marcos Balter's glassy meditations, and the Chicago premiere of an August Read Thomas work. Wulliman is a fearless violinist, intense and driven in his music — so grab a beer and enjoy the ride. Tickets are $10/general, $5/student. Sunday, July 19, 8:30pm.Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Avalon Quartet
The Avalon is a justifiable favorite of local audiences, one of the elite quartets on the Chicago scene with its elegance and acuity. Hear this top-notch quartet for free on the weekly Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in a program featuring Benjamin Britten's Three Divertimenti and Robert Schumann's String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3. Britten's short work — written when he was about 23 years old in 1936 — contains the angular harmonies and jaunty rhythms common of the era, betraying the influence of Stravinsky and Bartok. Schumann wrote the quartet in only a few weeks during 1842, but infused it with a searching emotional depth and romantic lyricism. Admission is free. Wednesday, July 29, 12:15pm. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.


About the author: Elliot Mandel is a freelance photographer specializing in classical concerts and you should hire him for your next show. He is also a sometime writer and an enthusiastically amateur cellist.

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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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