Ear Taxi Festival: Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph Street, Chicago

Donald Nally and Ben Bolter, conductors

The Midwest premiere of Ted Hearne’s Consent is the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble’s contribution to Chicago’s first Ear Taxi Festival— the city’s largest new-music gathering. Edgy, provocative, and beautiful, Consent combines love letters, the Catholic wedding rite, a Jewish wedding contract, and texts from the 2013 rape trial of high school students in Steubenville, Ohio, to ask questions about gender inequality and our connections to language that justifies sexual violence. The Contemporary Music Ensemble performs the Midwest premiere of Hans Thomalla’s Wonderblock for trumpet, trombone, cello, guitar, percussion, and piano. Also featured are the International Contemporary Ensemble and People’s Music School students performing music of Anthony Cheung and Marcos Balter. For tickets and more details, visit www.eartaxifestival.com.

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