Event Description

Breathe deeply, grab a drink, sit down. Or stand up. Whatever. You do you. Get comfortable—then get ready. You’re at Party 2018, which overturns the so-very-1918 “clap, listen, clap, go home” concert paradigm by pairing food, beverages, and mingling with musical performances that run the gamut from the preposterous to the sober to the sublime. This year’s Party features a new staging of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire, sung by soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw. You might say, “wait! That’s 100 years old!” Well, good job, Professor Music Historian. For counterpoint, we turn to conductor/snake charmer/actual professor Michael Lewanski, who says: “Pierrot is so NOT new music. But Pierrot is SO new music.” He will happily expand on this topic at the Party, in both  public and private conversations; meanwhile, for those who prefer their new music as new as possible, we present a world premiere by Sky Macklay, whose work “explores bold contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound,” along with several smaller works, mostly younger than the performers themselves, throughout the evening. DJ Murat Çolak will be in residence throughout the night. The VIP events start at 6pm.

Tickets include:
complimentary food
interactive installations
silent auction including: original artworks by ensemble members, the opportunity to have your name drawn in cats (really!), an honest-to-goodness bird puppet, and more.

If you are buy a VIP ticket you can:
drink a free drink!
come to the VIP hour where you will:
eat pierogies (“pierrot”-gies)!
perform in an interactive piece by composer Chris Fisher-Lochead!
listen to a talk by scholar John Pippen!
take home an original Party 2018 poster by Sonnenzimmer!
Enjoy special surprise performances!


Sky Macklay, Escalator (2018*) for oboe, horn, guitar, harp, violin, viola, cello, and bass

Iannis Xenakis, Theraps (1976) for solo double bass
Jonathan Hannau, Beyond The Looking Glass (2016) for harp and two players

Jessie Marino, 737-800 (2017) for 3 players
Chris Fisher-Lochead, Stutter-Step the Concept (2016/2018) for Bass Flute/Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet/Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello

Murat Çolak, At Ölür (2016) for fixed media
Arnold Schönberg, Pierrot Lunaire (1912) for Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin/viola, cello, and piano

3111 N Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618