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Classical Fri Aug 07 2015

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

Before the main music season kicks off in the next two months (and it will be a good one), here are three ways to spend the remaining dog days.

CAIC: Lieder Lounge
Ahead of its 4-day Collaborative Works Festival in September, the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is teaming up with Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center for a summer installment of its popular Lieder Lounge series. Ryan Center members Lindsay Metzger (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Clark Evans (baritone), and Mario Marra (piano) will present a recital of songs including pieces by Gerald Finzi. Get a closeup concert experience in one of the best small venues in the city - and that Fazioli piano isn't too shabby, either. Tickets are $35/general, $30/seniors, $15/students. Saturday, August 15, 7:00pm. Pianoforte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Rush Hour Concerts
The final month of the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Series includes a roster of favorite artists and big name composers. The Avalon Quartet (August 11) performs Beethoven's monumental Grosse Fugue, a work that Alex Ross calls "a musicological Holy Grail." Third Coast Percussion (August 18) rolls up its truckload of instruments and contemporary repertoire with works by Glenn Kotche (Wilco), August Read Thomas, and TCP's own David Skidmore. The series concludes with Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll (August 25), a single work for chamber orchestra performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Admission is free. Tuesdays through August. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, Chicago.

Grant Park Music Festival
GPMF enters its concluding weeks of 2015 with some epic musical epics, bro. Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) appears to be a generic depiction on the surface, but it's totally about the composer. Heldenleben is paired with Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's Overture to The Secret of Suzanne and Paul Schoenfeld's Four Parables for Piano and Orchestra (August 14 and 15). James Ehnes performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto in a one-night-only show (August 19) that includes the North American premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Adventures. The season wraps with Edward Elgar's rarely performed oratorio, The Kingdom, with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus joined by a cast of internationally renowned soloists. Admission is free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago.


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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