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Classical Wed Jan 08 2014

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

By Elliot Mandel

Yes, it's cold. Put on the big furry hat and go hear some stellar small ensembles this month.

Schola Antiqua of Chicago
In this sacred season of high-stakes football, one will surely hear every quarterback and wide receiver thank his divine maker for bringing victory at the expense of the faithless opponent. But back in the 13th Century, B.E. (before ESPN), an "athlete" referred to a "champion of Jesus," as is the case of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Hear Chicago's acclaimed early music vocalists perform songs from Medieval England that celebrate the martyred Becket. Schola Antiqua's concerts are always historically informed by its expert director, Michael Alan Anderson, and the singing is a musically fulfilling experience. Miley Cyrus performs at intermission.* Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. Friday, January 10, 7:30 p.m. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, Chicago. Saturday, January 11, 8pm. St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Place.

*not confirmed


Thomas Becket getting tackled

Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival
NU's Winter Chamber Music Festival is the highlight of every January. The six-concert series presents a mix of nationally renowned ensembles and members of NU's own music faculty (who are all pretty darn good, too). The Miró Quartet kicks off the festival with pianist Shai Wosner in Brahms' Piano Quintet in f minor. The Parker Quartet includes Thomas Adès' Arcadiana on its program, and the Dover Quartet features Mozart, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn. Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra appear in quintets by Beethoven and Schubert, and add Britten's Three Divertimenti. The Bienen School of Music faculty recital features an electic program of works for strings and winds by Irving Fine, Max Reger, Ferdinand Thieriot, Schumann, and Mozart. And for the Brahms lovers, don't miss violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, cellist Marc Johnson, and pianist Andrea Swan in a recital of Number Ones: the Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, and Piano Trio. Festival subscriptions are $130 for the general public, $54 for students. Single tickets are $22-$24; student tickets are $10. January 10 - 26. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

Pacifica Quartet
After making everyone's best-recordings-of-2013 lists with its Shostakovich cycle, the Pacifica Quartet begins the year by performing the composer's String Quartet No. 7. The brief, three-movement work (about 13 minutes) flows without interruption between parody, plaintive meandering, and a vicious fugue. The program begins with Mozart's delightful String Quartet No. 23 and concludes with Brahms' String Quartet No. 1, a luscious and darkly-hued work. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $5 for students. Sunday, January 12, 3pm. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.



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

About the author: Elliot Mandel plays cello, attends lots of concerts, writes reviews, and takes pictures.

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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

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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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