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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Friday

Sep 21, 2018 – 8:00 PM

(on various days)

220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604 Map

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Edwin Outwater
  • Storm Large
  • Daniel Barenboim

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Born in Los Angeles on 21 December 1944, ..Michael Tilson Thomas.. is the third generation of his family to follow an artistic career. Internationally acclaimed as both conductor and composer, Tilson Thomas composes in a colorful, eclectic style that reflects his passion for the diversity of American musical life. He began his formal studies at the University of Southern California where he studied piano with John Crown and conducting and composition with Ingolf Dahl. At age 19, he was named Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. In 1969, after winning the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood, Tilson Thomas was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of the Great Woods Festival and Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Tilson Thomas began his tenure in September 1995 as the San Francisco Symphony's 11th Music Director, consolidating a relationship with the Orchestra that began with his debut in 1974. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony. .... Despite being one of the busiest conductors on the international scene, Tilson Thomas has devoted considerable time to composing throughout his career. His From the Diary of Anne Frank, for narrator and orchestra, was commissioned by UNICEF and given its world premiere at Philadelphia's Academy of Music in 1990 by the late Audrey Hepburn and the New World Symphony, conducted by the composer. Since then the work has been played by the London Symphony Orchestra, televised throughout Japan in a new Japanese translation, played by the Israel Philharmonic in a Hebrew version, performed in Holland in the original Dutch, in South Africa, in Germany, in Spain by the Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona, at the Ravinia and Aspen Music Festivals and throughout the United States. .... More recent compositions include a song cycle on Emily Dickinson's poems, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony in February 2002, performed on their 2003 European tour, and 2005 American tour; Urban Legend, for contrabassoon and orchestra, first performed by the San Francisco Symphony in October 2002; Three Poems by Walt Whitman for baritone and orchestra; Five Songs, for voice and piano, including We Two Boys Together Clinging, recorded by baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg for EMI; Street Song, written for the Empire Brass Quintet and also available in a version for symphonic brass; and Agnegram, the composer's short (4') 90th birthday orchestral tribute to longtime San Francisco Symphony patron Agnes Albert. Described as buoyant and exuberant with shades of Stravinsky, Walton, Bernstein, and Spike Jones, Agnegram was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony on 14 May 1998. Tilson Thomas was commissioned by the city of Hiroshima to compose a piece for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of that city. Shówa/Shoáh, a work for orchestra, is the result. It was premiered on 6 August 1995 by the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. .... Tilson Thomas' 60th birthday was feted internationally, with performances in San Francisco, London, and New York. The 2004-05 season was notable also for Michael Tilson Thomas' residency at Carnegie Hall's Perspectives Series and his realization of the Tomashevsky Project, which brought to life once again his grandparents, Yiddish-theatre stars Boris and Bessie Thomashevsky.

Storm Large: A performer of Wikipedian proportions, Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than 15 years. Seven years ago she moved to Portland and quickly, with her band, The Balls, went from wild club act to legendary cult status. In 2006 she was tapped to be on CBS’ Rockstar: Supernova . This three month stint on television gained her worldwide fame and in late 2006, her single, Ladylike, debuted at 5 on the hot singles chart in Billboard Magazine, and the 1 seller on CDBaby.

For the next 2 years she and The Balls hit the road. Touring all around the US, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland and Singapore. In 2007, tired of touring and missing Portland, Storm took a chance and accepted the role of Sally Bowles in PCS’ production of Cabaret. The production turned out to be a huge hit and Storm fell in love with the theater.

"Crazy Enough" is the first theater piece Storm has ever written and, by far, the scariest thing she's ever done. However, as a great artist once said, "The thing that scares you the most, is the very thing you should do." It is a wild ride through the early life of a girl who was supposed to lose her mind and instead found that crazy works for her.

The sound track follows the ups and downs of the story sequentially going from introspective meditations on sanity to pounding anthems of declaration. It was co-written by James Beaton of the Balls, there are also a couple of nods to Michael Cavaseno from Storm Inc. with a cover of "Where Is My Mind" permitted by Francis Black of the Pixies.

Please enjoy! xoxoStorm Large

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