- September 11 – Shanti: 15th Annual Concert for Peace
- September 20 – Fulcrum Point New Music Project & Thodos Dance Chicago: New Music & Dance
- September 21 – Fulcrum Point at Art Expo Chicago: Music for Trumpets and Trees
- October 17 – Performance/Masterclass at North Park University
- October 28 – Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series: New Works for Saxophones
- November 21 – Dick Higgins: Danger Music; Write a Thousand Symphonies (music composed by automatic weapons)
- November 25 – New Works by Merit Music Student Composers for clarinet, cello, and piano
- December 18 - Holiday Brass Beer Bash with Fulcrum Point Brass & Gaudete Brass
Past concerts:Information about past concerts is available through the Archives links along the left
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 PM
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.
In partnership with Build the Peace Chicago, The Peace School, the International Day of Peace and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Fulcrum Point New Music Project celebrates its 15th anniversary with a concert of classical and contemporary music from India and America.
This interactive concert of music for strings, gongs and song features an international flag processional with students from Prosser Career Academy High School, the World Premiere of Robert and Kathleen Lombardo’s tribute to Holocaust survivors, “Against Forgetting”, Param Vir’s tantric prayer for peace, “...beyond the reach of the world...”, and “Shanti Paath: One Resonance: One Peace” by Elizabeth Basta and Kalyan Pathak to which you can sing your prayer and ring a gong for peace!
Shanti: 15 Annual Concert for Peace is dedicated to Kathleen Lombardo.
Friday, September 20, 2013, 7:30 PM
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St.
$25 – Purchase tickets here
Join us for an exciting evening of live music and dance , with Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Thodos Dance Chicago celebrating their 10 years of collaboration. For one night only, this concert features works created and performed by these two groups together over the last decade in addition to a special world premiere. Featured is the critically acclaimed Aries, for twelve dancers, a piece about the Zodiac by Karlheinz Stockhausen for trumpet, a trio set to Pulitzer winner Shulamit Ran's Eastwind, for flute, In a Vacuum a very special archival solo work choreographed by Sybil Shearer to Pictures at an Exhibition for piano. Also featured is Sentient a dance for six set to virtuoso violin music by Fritz Kreisler and commissioned by and premiered at the Auditorium in February 2013.
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:30 AM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
Featured composer: Higgins
Featured artists: Josh Berman, Stephen Burns, Marquis Hill, Russ Johnson and Corey Wilkes
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:30 PM
North Park University, 3225 W Foster Ave.
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Monday, October 28, 2013, 6 PM
Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St.
Performing new works for saxophones:
- Transformation by William Wayman
- Alucinaciones I by Andrés Carrizo
Performed by Jeremy Ruthrauff, Eric Goluszka, Andrew Carpenter, and Thomas Snydacker.
Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton Place
FREE – RSVP here.
Featured composer: Dick Higgins
Featured artists: Fulcrum Point, Stephen Burns, conductor
Fulcrum Point New Music Project will perform The Thousand Symphonies, a seminal work by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins. Presented by The Graham Foundation, the program will take place in their ballroom at 4 W. Burton Place.
In 1962, Higgins wrote a series of events called Danger Music, which were designed to alternately put the body of the performer, composer, or audience member at risk. In 1968, he realized one of these pieces by having a New Jersey police officer fire a machine gun at a few hundred sheets of orchestral music paper. An ensemble later played the holes. An act of simultaneous destruction and creation, the gesture emphasized the use of guns for a purpose other than killing Viet Cong and scattering protestors.
Recently, Dennis Rosenthal, the director of Higgins’s estate, arranged with the City of Chicago to have four Chicago Police officers shoot new notation paper. On November 21 at the Graham Foundation, a live orchestra led by Stephen Burns will play the new sheets following the presentation of a short film documenting their creation. The ensemble will borrow the form of Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale),with instruments from every section of the orchestra, plus electric guitar, which effectively updates the orchestration.
The sheets will be packaged as an edition with the film and a recording by Dennis Rosenthal Fine Art and Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz.
The Graham Foundation and Fulcrum Point New Music Project extend a special thanks to the Chicago Police Department.
Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble:
Stephen Burns, artistic director/conductor
Janice Misurell-Mitchell, flute
Lewis Kirk, bassoon
Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone
Andy Baker, trombone
Tina Laughlin, percussion
Alison Attar, harp
Steve Roberts, guitar
Rika Seko, violin
Collins Trier, bass
Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series: New Works by Merit Music Student Composers for clarinet, cello, and piano
Monday, November 25, 2013, 6 PM
Merit School of Music – Polk Hall, 38 S. Peoria St.
Featured Artists: Wagner Campos, clarinet; Kuang Hao Huang, piano
Curtiss Hall, Fine Arts Building, 401 S Michigan Ave.
Midwest Band Clinic: Brass Beer Bash
Join us at Curtiss Hall for brass music, beer, cider and snacks! Featuring music by Ewazen, Hunt, Plog & Sampson.
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