Duo Cortona April

Chicago Composers Consortium with Duo Cortona
April 4, 2024 
7:30 pm

The Sanctuary at Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Tickets: $20 / $10 students


On April 4, the collaboration between Chicago Composers’ Consortium and the international ensemble Duo Cortona comes to fruition with the Chicago debut of Duo Cortona, the husband and wife team of violinist Ari Streisfeld (founding member, Jack Quartet) and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (“…the highlight of the concert”, New York Times).

Come join us for a program of new music for voice and violin by composers Lawrence Axelrod, Kathleen Ginther, Eric Moe, Laura Schwendinger and Annika K. Socolofsky.

Duo Cortona is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and violin, and to exploring new sounds and possibilities for its intimate, expressive, and vital combination. Duo Cortona works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union, and creating opportunities for both established and emerging composers through commissions, competitions, educational workshops, university residencies, and major concert performances.

Duo Cortona was founded at the Cortona Sessions for New Music by Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway. Recent and upcoming performances include the Southern Exposure Series for New Music, East Carolina New Music Initiative, University of Wisconsin, College of Charleston, New Music New College, the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Resonant Bodies Festival, The Stone, the SONiC Festival, New Music on the Point, and Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton). duocortona.com

Chicago Composers’ Consortium (C3) promotes the creation and performance of new music with a primary focus on composers and musicians from the Chicago area and the Midwest. As a presenter of contemporary music in Chicago for over thirty years, C3 has consistently found new ways to introduce audiences to what is new and exciting in music and to engage, educate and involve the community in an ongoing relationship of musical exploration.

What sets C3 apart from other contemporary music organizations is a history of innovative composer-generated collaborative projects and a commitment to adventurous programming, including the presentation of works composers deserving of a larger audience. c3composers.org



Shall I Compare thee to a summer’s Day
A Cat’s Cradle and other Catly Musings
by Laura Schwendinger

Epousailles  by Kathleen Ginther

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Lawrence Axelrod

The Frontierswomen by Eric Moe, Mikko Harvey, poet

It is what it is
Sticks and Stones
Who am I to Say?
by Annika K. Socolofsky


And don’t miss our May 23 concert with Axiom Brass!


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