New Music Chicago Presents

Third Thursday of Every Month • Free Admission • 12–12:45pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

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New Music Chicago advocates for the importance of a vital, vibrant music scene in our city and its geographical region. We are a membership organization that connects creators and supporters of non-mainstream and experimental music, supporting our passionate community through a mix of online and in–person services, including a calendar, social media presence, networking opportunities, professional development, and occasional performances, serving both emerging and established artists. Visit New Music Chicago online at


(schedule is subject to change)

Amy Wurtz (Photo by Alain Milotti)Wurtz-Berger Duo

Thursday, November 21, 12–12:45pm

An eclectic array of music for cello and piano—from modal to atonal. We begin with David Lefkowitz’s Amour et Biauté Parfaite, a newly-composed work in Medieval style, paying homage to Machaut and Leonin, and take listeners all the way through to David Gompper’s Cycles, which uses completely atonal sonorities to express relationships between the instruments. On the way we the voice of Jazz legend Chet Baker in composer Jacob TV’s work for cello, piano and boombox, May This Bliss Never End, and visit with the prehistoric night creature Hellbender as part of John Jeffrey Grier’s Nocturne, with an Intermezzo combining sonorities reminiscent of both Brahms and Lutoslawski. Pieces on this program were selected from a Call for Scores the Wurtz-Berger Duo sent out, and represent only the tip of the iceberg of the vibrant body of work which exists for cello and piano, which the Duo will continue to explore.


James Donohue

Thursday, December 19, 12–12:45pm

Committed to the commissioning of new works, James Donahue presents a program with guest Young-Hee Park, piano.


  • Timothy McCormack: Hammara Pilvi (2008)
  • Toshio Hosokawa: Lied for flute and piano (2007)
  • Ata Ghavidel: The Shadow for solo flute (2017)
  • Xingzimin Pan: Kaidan for flute and piano (2013)
  • Kevin Clark: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock for solo alto flute and narration (2009)
  • Amanda Harberg: Court Dances for flute and piano (2017)


Thursday, January 16, 12–12:45pm


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