University of Chicago Presents to offer a varied mix in 2019-20

Tue Mar 05, 2019 at 11:00 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Danish String Quartet will perform music of Beethoven in the University of Chicago Presents’ 2019-20 season.

Marking its 76th season, University of Chicago Presents will offer a typically wide and varied range of offerings across five music series in 2019-20.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will open the season for the Classic Concert Series October 11 at Mandel Hall with Korngold’s Sextet and octets by Mendelssohn and Sally Beamish. Baritone Christian Gerhaher performs with pianist Gerold Huber October 25 in a program devoted to songs of Mahler (Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn). The young Vision String Quartet—which plays entirely from memory—will perform music of Haydn, Bacewicz and Schumann November 8.

Duo-pianists Tal & Groethysen come to town January 10, 2020 (Mozart, Schubert Wagner, Debussy and Strauss) and the Danish String Quartet will open Beethoven year January 31 with a program devoted to three of the composer’s works. Musicians from Marlboro perform March 6 and the Montrose Trio closes the series April 24 with Schubert and more Beethoven.

Fretwork with countertenor Iestyn Davies will lead off the Howard Mayer Brown International Music Series October 27 in a program featuring English composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque. Also appearing are violinist Rachel Podger January 24 (Bach and Biber), the Boston Camerata on April 17, and Concerto Koln and Shunske Sato performing Vivaldi’s rarely heard Four Seasons February 28.

In two unique programs the choral group Tenebrae will present Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles playing by candlelight November 15 in Rockefeller Chapel. And the enterprising JACK Quartet will perform George Friedrich Haas’s String Quartet No. 9, a work to be presented in complete darkness, on February 7.  

In the newish Contemporary Music series, the Grossman Ensemble will perform December 6, March 13 and June 5, as will Third Coast Percussion on October 12.

Plena Libre, UC’s new Randel Ensemble in Residence, will perform their mix of traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican music May 3 in the Music Without Borders series. Also on tap is Russian Renaissance March 1 and  Wu Man and friends performing traditional Chinese folk music with “A Night in the Gardens of the Tang Dynasty” October 13.  The Jazz at the Logan Series offers five events October 18-May 15.

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