For its 2009-10 season finale, CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble presents a program of recent works of Chicago and “Chicago-connected” composers with special guests Carolyn Hove, English horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley.
Among the works included are longtime DePaul University professor and composer George Flynn’s “Charged and Calm Surfaces” for clarinet, piano and percussion, which seeks to explore a variety of moods and textures, i.e., surfaces, across a single movement; Marcela Pavia’s “Imaginary Beings” for flute and piano, based on the illusionary beings referenced in Jorge Luis Borges’ “El libro de los seres imaginarios” and which makes use of the inside of the piano, and Chiara Benati’s song cycle “Come Erba Sotto la Terra” for soprano and piano based on the poetry and political letters of Russian writer Marina Cvetaeva.
Works to be heard by CUBE composers include Patricia Morehead’s “Disquieted Souls” for English horn, string quartet and woodwind quintet, inspired by ancient Celtic perceptions of goddesses and the supernatural; Janice Misurell-Mitchell’s “Ellipse” for baritone saxophone, violin, viola and cello, a piece written in memory of late Northwestern University composer M. William Karlins, Misurell-Mitchell’s mentor; and Lawrence Axelrod’s “Songs of Yes” for mezzo soprano, speaker, string quartet, woodwind quintet, piano and percussion, based on Lorraine Schechter’s “Seasons of Yes.” (Dennis Polkow)
June 11, 8pm, Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall, 38 South Peoria, (312)405-2303. $10-$15.
Dennis Polkow is an award-winning veteran journalist, critic, author, broadcaster and educator. He made his stage debut at age five, was a child art prodigy and began playing keyboards in clubs at the age of fourteen. He holds degrees in music theory, composition, religious studies and philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago. Polkow spent his early years performing and recording in rock and jazz bands while concertizing as a classical pianist, organist and harpsichordist and composing, arranging and producing for other artists. As a scholar, Polkow has published and lectured extensively and taught at several colleges and universities in various departments. As an actor, narrator and consultant, Polkow has been involved with numerous films, plays, broadcasts and documentaries. As a journalist, Polkow helped co-create the experiential Chicago Musicale and Spotlight, the award-winning tabloid arts and entertainment section of the Press Publications chain of newspapers, which he later edited. He also created and ran the nationally recognized journalism program at Oakton College and was faculty advisor to its award-winning student newspaper; many former students went on to major media careers, including Channel Awesome’s the Nostalgia Critic. Polkow’s research, interviews, features, reviews and commentaries have appeared across national and international media and he has corresponded from the Middle East, Asia and Africa for the Chicago Tribune. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org