Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 20, 2019 at 7:33 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Herine Coetzee Koschak

New Music Chicago kicks off two weeks of contemporary music programs Thursday night with the opening of the second annual Impromptu Fest. Curated by composer-pianist Amy Wurtz, this year’s festival will focus on homegrown works with music by 22 Chicago composers featured over eight double programs through March 31.

Fifth House Ensemble cellist Herine Coetzee Koschak leads off 7:30 p.m. Thursday with music by Caroline Shaw (in manus tuas), Jonathan Hannau (Fire Rainbow Cloud), Pete Fernández (Garden of Earthly Delights), Ayanna Woods (BLK GIRL ART), Marc Mellits (Book of Ruth) and Dan Visconti (Unchained Melodies).

The Heare Ensemble takes the stage after intermission, marking George Crumb’s 90th birthday with his Vox Balanae, along with Melodies for Robert by Carter Pann and Bencharong by Narong Prangcharoen.

All performances will take place at Guarneri Hall, 11 East Adams.

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