Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and […]

Ensemble Dal Niente

“Superb” – The New York Times Ensemble Dal Niente is a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective with an international presence. The ensemble uses its flexible instrumentation, curatorial approach to programming, and relentless attention to interpretation to create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences that connect audiences to with the music of today. The Chicago Tribune has […]

Fifth House Ensemble

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Defined by limitless imagination, the ensemble engages curiosity to create unexpected connections with artistic collaborators and audiences of all types, breathing life into repertoire both established and emerging. Over the last decade, […]

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

The mission of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project is to be a Chicago leader of diverse new music; presenting multi-media performances, generating educational programs, and commissioning innovative works. http://fulcrumpoint.org/

Gaudete Brass Quintet

Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performances, recordings, education, and the creation of new works. The quintet has been featured on concert series, radio broadcasts and […]

International Contemporary Ensemble

With a flexible roster of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and pursuing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. In an era of radical change, ICE redefines concert […]

Lakeshore Rush

A ‘Pierrot’ chamber music ensemble, Lakeshore Rush is made up of six extraordinary musicians from Chicago who delight audiences of all ages with riveting contemporary music characterized by programmatic innovation, and collaborative partnerships. Lakeshore Rush has been featured in a masterclass and performance at Lawrence University, and as guest artists for MeritFest at Chicago’s Orchestra […]

MAVerick Ensemble

Known for its bold programming and its exceptional performances, the MAVerick Ensemble presents concerts of experimental music designed to engage, entertain, and inform the audience. In residence at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the ensemble presents a year-long concert series that has been selected as Critic’s Choice in the Chicago Reader. https://www.maverickensemble.com/

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents its acclaimed MusicNOW contemporary music series, dedicated to showcasing contemporary music through an innovative concert experience. Curated by CSO Mead Composer-In-Residence Missy Mazzoli, the annual four-concert series presents work from established contemporary composers and new voices beginning to emerge across today’s active and varied contemporary music scene. Offering an immersive, […]