UChicago Presents to serve up a rich, deep and varied 77th season

Thu Mar 05, 2020 at 12:04 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Pianist Hélène Grimaud will perform a recital March 5, 2021 in UChicago Presents’ 2020-21 season.

An array of artists will make their local concert or recital debuts in the University of Chicago Presents’ boldly programmed 2020-21 season.

“With many of the world’s most renowned musicians and one-of-a-kind programs that won’t be found elsewhere in Chicago, UChicago Presents promises to both engage and inspire audiences,” says executive director Amy Iwano.

An American program opens the Classic Concert Series series on October 9. Music from Copland House and mezzo Susan Graham will partner in works of Pierre Jalbert, John Harbison and Richard Danielpour.

Quatuor Diotima, UC’s new ensemble in residence, will be featured prominently in next year’s lineup. The French ensemble will mark Beethoven 250 year by performing the composer’s final six quartets in an immersive three nights October 22, 23 and 25.  Quatuor Diotima will also perform Bartok’s complete string quartets January 28 and 29, 2021. 

Tenor Ian Bostridge performs a program of Schubert lieder April 18, 2021 at Mandel Hall.

Pianist Hélène Grimaud performs music of Schumann, Brahms, and Silvestrov March 5. Tenor Ian Bostridge presents a program of Schubert lieder April 18. Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Thomas Saurer perform music of Beethoven and Andrew Norman November 13. The Doric String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor partner in works of Mozart, Brett Dean and Faure January 22, and Trio Solisti performs Haydn, Dvořák and Brahms April 30.

The Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series will present Vox Luminis in early Bach cantatas October 16. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations and music of Bach contemporaries February 12. Ensemble Correspondances will be heard in music of the French Baroque April 16, and recorder player Tabea Debus is featured January 15.

Pianist Michael Brown performs music of Mendelssohn and Beethoven (including Liszt’s transcription of the Fifth Symphony) October 30 and David Greilsammer performs sonatas of Scarlatti and John Cage February 5. Organist Paul Jacobs performs music of Bach, Mozart, Ives, and Guilmant February 6 at Rockefeller Chapel.

In the Contemporary series, the Grossman Ensemble opens September 25 with music of George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Anthony Cheung and Augusta Read Thomas; the Wet Ink Ensemble appears October 10, and other Grossman concerts take place December 4,  March 12 and June 4.

Music Without Borders features Aurelio Martinez November 8, Shomyo no Kai March 28 and Kayhan Kalhor May 2. The Jazz at the Logan series will present Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Nov. 6), Charles Lloyd’ Kindred Spirits (Dec. 5), Joel Ross’s Good Vibes with harpist Brandee Younger (Feb. 26), the Uri Caine Trio with Barbara Walker (April 23) and Guillermo Klein and Los Guachaos (May 14).

Subscriptions are now available online at chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/tickets/subscription-informationPatrons may also call 773-702-2787 or visit the UChicago Arts Box Office at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street.

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