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A word from Elizabeth Younan

Elizabeth Younan’s piece Shoreditch Grind is winner of the 2016 c3 competition.

…and the winner is… Shoreditch Grind!

On October 30, Quintet Attacca will feature the winning composition Shoreditch Grind by Elizabeth Younan. The piece is the winner of the Chicago Composers’ Constorium’s first composition competition.

This video shows a performance by the Arcadia Quintet on vimeo.

Concert details:

Sunday, October 30, 2016 • 2:00 pm  (time changed due to the World Series)

Quintet Attacca

at Nichols Hall
Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL [map]


Elizabeth Younan • Shoreditch Grind

and the following premières:

Elizabeth Start • Gibbons: Musings on Orlando, Euell, and the Lesser Apes
Lawrence Axelrod • Fits and Starts
Martha Horst • Flicker
Timothy Dwight Edwards • Quintet Attacca
Kyong Mee Choi • ever-present
Timothy Ernest Johnson • Searching for Sean Ison

$20 general admission / $10 students and seniors


Quintet Attacca call for scores

We are excited about our call for scores for the October 30 Quintet Attacca performance. Deadline May 28, 2016.

C3 presents an evening of works for electronics: Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium continues its 2015-16 season with our annual program devoted to works using various electronic media. We are proud to be the only new music group in Chicago that presents such a program every year, exploring the possibilities of acoustic plus electronic media.

Sunday, April 3rd 7:30 PM
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood
Tickets, $15 or $5 students and seniors, can be purchased online or at the door

The concert will hold a variety of works for solo instrument or small ensemble and electronics.Alejandro Acierto is our guest clarinettist. He will also present one of his own works.

The program spans many moods and composition techniques and will include Ceaseless Cease by Kyong Mee Choi, Aurora inscrutabile by Timothy Ernest Johnson, Melt by Beth Bradfish, Water Study #2 by Timothy Dwight Edwards, Skallagrimsson by David Heuser and a new work for Theremini by Betsy Start.

Other performers will include Lawrence Axelrod, piano, Craig Hultgren, cello, Timothy Ernest Johnson, guitar and Betsy Start, theremini and cello.

The Experimental Sound Studio provides the perfect environment for this music with quality equipment and comfortable intimate seating. Join us for this unique and challenging program!

Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

From the epic Icelandic figure of Skallagrímsson to melting landscapes and water, images abound in this year’s c3 electronic music event at the Experimental Sound Studio, Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.

Featured on the program are chamber performances with traditional and modern instruments, sound processing and electronics. Performers include clarinetist Alejandro Acierto, pianist Lawrence Axelrod, cellists Elizabeth Start and Craig Hultgren, guitarist Timothy Johnson, and computer-based performers Beth Bradfish, Kyong Mee Choi, and Tim Edwards.

Ceaseless Cease for clarinet and electronics by Kyong Mee Choi
Skallagrímsson for piano and electronics by David Heuser
all that remains for voice and electronics by Alejandro Acierto
Aurora Inscrutabile for cello and electronics by Timothy Ernest Johnson
Getting By for Moog theremini and live processing by Elizabeth Start
Melt for laptop ensemble, guitar, piano, cello, ebows and smart phones by Beth Bradfish
Water Study #2 for clarinet and processing by

From the epic Icelandic figure of Skallagrímsson to melting landscapes and water, images abound in this year's c3 electronic music event at the Experimental Sound Studio, Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.

Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

Tickets are $15 for general public / $5 for students and seniors

Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood

c3 presents Fonema Consort with guest composer Orlando Garcia

Chicago Composers’ Consortium 2015-16 Season Opener
Featuring the music of guest composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia and participation by members of the Fonema Consort

Friday, October 9th 7:30 PM
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N. Lakewood Ave.
Tickets, $15 or $5 for students and seniors, can be purchased online or at the door

Fonema Consort

Fonema Consort

We will feature guest composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia. Orlando is on the faculty of Florida International University and is director of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival. His music – spare, quiet and spicy – has been too little heard in Chicago.

Orlando Garcia

Orlando Garcia


The program includes
Core Interludes for piano, cello and percussion by Orlando Garcia
oscurecimiento gradual for solo piano by Orlando Garcia
el silencio despues de la lluvia flute and guitar by Orlando Garcia
entre michigan y jefferson for soprano, flute and percussion by Orlando Garcia
Heterophonies for alto flute, guitar and cello by Lawrence Axelrod
Exchanges for soprano, flute and percussion by Martha Horst
Kay Ryan Songs for cello and piano by Laura Schwendinger
More Talking Object Songs for soprano, flute, cello, percussion and piano by Elizabeth Start

Performed in the beautifully warm acoustics of the North Shore Baptist Church, a real gem in the Andersonville neighborhood. (There’s a very beautiful Loredo Taft altarpiece as well!)

We do hope you can join us for this very special opening of our 2015-16 season. Tickets can be purchased online by following this link, and will also be available at the door.

New Music Chicago 10 Year Birthday Bash

nmc.10Featuring “Fantasy in 3G” for guitar trio by C3 composer Timothy Ernest Johnson.

C3 merchandise will be raffled from Elizabeth Start and Kyong Mee Choi. Also being raffled: a free subscription to C3′s upcoming 2015-2016 season!

New Music Chicago 10 Year Birthday Bash
Friday, September 11, 2015
PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Doors open at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm
Tickets : $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Featuring Chicago’s hottest performers and composers:
Seth Boustead • Chicago Composers Consortium • Kyong Mee Choi • Ensemble Dal Niente • Fulcrum Point New Music Project • Gaudete Brass Quintet • Amos Gillespie • Shanna Gutierrez • Tim Johnson • Herine Koschak • WJ Raynovich • Augusta Read Thomas • Andrew Williams • Amy Wurtz

Sound of Silent Film at the Music Box Theater


Sound of Silent Film

Sound of Silent Film this weekend is to include scores by Elizabeth Start, Brian Baxter and other Chicago composers. Produced by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Sunday, April 19 7:30 PM
Music Box Theater
3733 N. Southport Ave.
$20, $12 online, $8 students and seniors
(at the door with ID)

Into the Cave of Wonders (2011), Spain

Director: Manuel Benito de Valle
Composer: Elizabeth Start
Synopsis: A silent short documentary shot in 4k resolution and HDR that strives to show -definitely not tell- a glimpse into one of the most beautiful creations on earth… from its unfathomable beginning millions of years ago to what it has become today.

Hitclown (2001) U.S.A.

Director: Chris Mancini
Composer: Brian Baxter
A Hitman and a Clown accidentally switch bags and find they like the other’s job better. Starring Jay Johnston (HBO’s Mr. Show, Anchorman, Moral Orel) and Jennifer Elise Cox (The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel)

Shot in black and white with no dialogue, Hitclown is a comedy noir that explores the thing inside all of us that runs opposite to our outward natures.

Pillow Girl (2007) U.S.A.
Director: Ronnie Cramer
Composer: Andrew Tham

Marquee (2014) U.S.A.
Director: Brian Zahm
Composer: Oren Boneh

Junk Girl (2014) Iran
Director: Mohammad Zare
Composer: Rob Steel

The West Begins at Fifth Avenue
Director: Max Sherwood
Composer: Joseph Buchheit\\

Into the Cave of Wonders (2011) Spain
Director: Manuel Benito de Valle
Composer: Elizabeth Start

CCC meets the CCO – our 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 26


Help celebrate the Consortium’s 25th anniversary season!

CCO, Matthew Kasper, conductor
Special guests Mary Stolper, flute and
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano

Sunday, April 26 at 3:00
Ebeneezer Lutheran Church,
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium is teaming up with the Chicago Composers Orchestra on Sunday April 26 to present a concert of Chicago and world premieres!
Five outstanding new works
Come and join us for the celebration. Hear these outstanding and memorable new works, then afterward enjoy some refreshments, and talk with the composers.


Works by Horst, Schwendinger, Edwards, Start, and Ginther

Tickets $15 general / $5 students & seniors

Tickets will also be available at the door


function:object concert • feature: Hospício É Deus: Valsa

function:object • October 24 • 8:00 PM • Sherman Theater • 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston • $15/$5

Music with electronic roots by Nic Collins, Kyong Mee Choi, Christopher Biggs, Timothy Ernest Johnson, Elizabeth Start, Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Timothy Dwight Edwards and Ben Sutherland

Program VI in our series Live Digital Performances

Buy tickets for function:object online or at the door. $15 or $5 for students and seniors.

Hospício É Deus: Valsa for guitar and electronics

johnson.composerPerformed by the composer.

This work is from a series of works inspired by the writing of Brazilian author Maura Lopes Cançado, specifically her book Hospício É Deus (Diário I). The title of this book translates to “The Asylum is God.” It relates her experiences while interned at the Gustavo Riedel psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro in the years 1959 to 1960. The book is written in the form of a diary and explores themes of human tragedy, poetry and eternity. “Valsa” refers to a scene in which Cançado asks one of the patients, a former opera singer, to sing the “Valsa da Museta” aria from La Bohème.