Sneak peek: Chicago’s new Nevermore performance space is hosting a chamber music festival this weekend

Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood has new performance space and a 4-day chamber music festival will take place there this weekend. Described as “a clean, minimalist spatial offering[ing] sumptuous acoustics and an intimate atmosphere,” Nevermore Performance Space will host six of Chicago’s leading chamber music ensembles to perform classics and contemporary music.

Led by co-artistic directors Marianne Parker and Amy Wurtz, the variety of programming is striking and exemplifies the depth of classical musical creation in Chicago. On Thursday, May 19, the saxophone quartet ~Nois will perform contemporary works by Gemma Peacock, Maria Kautzani and Shelley Washington. The following evening, the KAIA String Quartet offers an offer of old and new with Joseph Haydn, Astor Piazzolla, Claudio Santora and José Bragato.

Two concerts are scheduled for Saturday, May 21. Vocal music hits the stage in the late afternoon with the Fourth Coast Ensemble performing Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Florence Price, Stacy Garrop and many more.

On Saturday night, Chicago-based string trio Black Oak Ensemble perform several works from their Cedille Records release. silent voices (revised here). This CD is composed of music by Jewish composers, all but one of whom lost their lives in the Holocaust. Three of the composers of the concert on Saturday perished: Dick Kattenburg, Sándor Kuti and Gideon Klein. The fourth composer on the program, Geza Frid, joins the Dutch resistance and survives the war.

Two concerts are also scheduled for Sunday, May 22. Eighth Blackbird, four-time Grammy winner from Chicago, will perform live versions of Justin Peters’ music on his recent album Kinesthetic. The festival ends on Sunday evening with Gaudete Brass Quintet playing music spanning the ages, including Caludio Monteverde, Anthony Barfield and Stacy Garrop.

Nevermore Performance Space, 3411 W. North Avenue, Chicago. May 19-22, 2022. Afternoon concerts are at 4:00 p.m.; evening concerts at 7 p.m. In-person and live tickets $15, students $10. For more information, Click here.

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