From left: Poetry Foundation, Bridgeview Bank, Arts Club, Driehaus MuseumEdit Module
Fall Culture Guide
- Cyndi Lauper Ventures into Broadway with 'Kinky Boots'
- Mormons React to ‘The Book of Mormon’
- Andrew Hinderaker on Writing Plays from the Gut
- Chicago's Fresh Comedic Talent
- 10 Must-See Plays
- Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo Premieres 'One Thousand Pieces'
- Five Must-See Dance Acts
- Fran Lebowitz on Spotting Talent
- Chicago Architecture Foundation, Classical Composers Team Up for Open House Chicago
- Five Must-See Classical Events
Film and TV
- Q&A with Michael Shannon
- Reality (TV) Check on Millennials
- Chicago TV Actors to Watch
- Roberta Duchak on Coaching Russell Crowe
Art and Design
Fall’s most unusual cultural alliance is between Access Contemporary Music—a collective of classical composers—and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The result: four new pieces of music based on four famous buildings, each to be played onsite during Open House Chicago. Here the composers offer a sneak peek. openhousechicago.org. Oct. 13 and 14
Eric Malmquist intends his piece for cello and soprano to reflect the same spareness as the John Ronan–designed River North building. “There are a lot of clean lines,” he says. “It isn’t ornate.” Listen to a sample below:
Jude Mathews channeled Rhapsody in Blue, written in 1924, the same year the Uptown bank was built. “People will think Gershwin, but also the time it evokes in our history,” she says of her work for clarinet and violin.
Tim Corpus based his work for cello and clarinet on Golden Bird, the beloved sculpture the Arts Club sold to finance its Streeterville space. “The liquid movement of the sculpture allows for movement with the sound,” he says.
Katherine Young plans a guided tour of the restored Nickerson House. “It has this monolithic exterior, and inside is this explosion of textures, details, and materials.” Young, a bassoonist, will perform her composition.
Photography: (Poetry Foundation Center) Courtesy of Poetry Foundation; (Bridgeview Bank) David Suarez; (Arts Club) courtesy of The Arts Club of Chicago; (Nickerson House) Alexander Vertikoff