UChicago Presents announces fall events for 2021-22 season

Wed Aug 04, 2021 at 12:29 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Quatuor Diotima will present a fall “Music from Paris” festival in the UChicago Presents series.

The UChicago Presents series announced its concerts for the first half of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday. The fall lineup will be mostly in-person and contains many of the artists whose events were cancelled in the Covid season of 2020-21.

The classical events will open October 8 with Susan Graham performing an American program with Music from Copland House. The program offers music of Pierre Jalbert, John Harbison and the world premiere of A Standing Witness by Richard Danielpour.

Fortunately, the Quatuor Diotima will still serve as the University of Chicago’s Randel Ensemble in Residence, following the cancellation of their first season in Hyde Park. The belated debut of the French quartet will take place in late October with three consecutive “Music from Paris” programs. 

On October 27, the group will perform music of Boulez (Livre pour quatuor, parts 1a and 1b). Gérard Pesson (Quatuor à cordes no. 2 “Bitume”) and Debussy’s String Quartet. The following evening the program will offer Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2, and Bartók’s Quartet No. 1. The mini-festival will close October 29 with Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit, Ravel’s String Quartet and Franck’s Piano Quintet.

Other UChicago Presents classical events this fall include the Wet Ink Ensemble October 2, lutenist Nigel North October 24, pianist Eugenia Jeong in a streamed recital November 11 and the Grossman Ensemble December 3.

Instead of traditional subscriptions, UChicago is introducing a new FLEX Pass, which requires a four-concert minimum purchase. FLEX Passes go on sale August 30. Go to chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/tickets/flex-pass for information. Patrons may also visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu or call 773-702-2787.

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