Friday, October 13
This not to be missed opportunity features music composed and conducted by Grammy Award winner Eric Whitacre. Eric is joined by Grammy-nominated conductor Donald Nally who will conduct a variety of titles by contemporary composers from the Walton and GIA catalogs. The Northwestern Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, a 24-voice ensemble that sings a highly specialized, virtuosic repertoire for advanced choral singers, are joined by members the University of Chicago Motet Choir. The 35-member Motet Choir under the direction of James Kallembach, specializes in singing a cappella masterworks of all cultures and time periods.
The Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble is a chamber ensemble at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music concentrating on music of the 21st century and drawing relationships to its polyphonic roots in early music, primarily that of the Renaissance. The ensemble has given the world premiere of David Lang’s a house, the American premieres of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis, Toivo Tulev’s Songs, and the Midwest premieres of James MacMillan’s St. John Passion, Kile Smith’s Vespers, Kaija Saariaho’s Oltra mar, John Luther Adams Sila: the breath of the world, David T. Little’s dress in magic amulets, dark from My feet, and Ted Hearne’s Consent. Working closely with The Bienen School of Music’s Institute for New Music, the ensemble explores a wide range of music from Esa-Pekka Salonen to Morton Feldman, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen to Kaija Saariaho, with a foundation in Dufay, Buxtehude, and Josquin. BCE has sung at the Harris Theatre as part of Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival, and on a number of occasions forThe Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Now series. The ensemble was founded and is conducted by Donald Nally.
Ticket Pricing Guide
|Group of 10 or more Senior Citizens
|Student with Valid ID (must be presented at event)
|Full Institute Registration
|Light & Gold Concert at Rockefeller Chapel
Includes access to private cocktail reception with Eric Whitacre after the concert.
Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing. He is also the director of choral organizations at Northwestern University where he holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music. Donald has served as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has also served as music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, chorus master at The Chicago Bach Project, and guest conductor throughout Europe and the United States, most notably with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Philharmonia Chorus (London), the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Latvian State Choir (Riga).
Donald, with The Crossing, is the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music; he received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America. He is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music: in 2002 with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and in 2015 with The Crossing. Collaborations have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, the Barnes Foundation, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the American Composers Orchestra, and The Big Sky Conservatory in Montana where The Crossing holds an annual residency. In the 2017-18 season he will collaborate as guest director with Lisson Gallery (London), The Cathedral Choral Society (Washington, D.C.), Haymarket Opera (Chicago), David Lang’s The Mile Long Opera (on the High Line in New York City), and is visiting resident artist at the Park Avenue Armory.