University of Chicago Presents launches new season, spearheads “Soviet Arts Experience”

Tokyo String Quartet

The University of Chicago Presents (UCP), the University’s professional music presenting organization, announces its 2010/11 Season, entitled “Musical Explorations,” inviting audiences, both new and seasoned, to discover exciting artists and revel in new music from favorite artists. Building upon 65 years of excellence in the cultural life of Chicago, UCP’s upcoming 2010/11 season promises many moments for both journeys and revelations.

The Soviet Arts Experience festival, spearheaded by UCP and scheduled to run from October 2010 – January 2012 throughout the city, offers a wonderful chance for audiences to take part in the largest interdisciplinary collaboration since the Silk Road Chicago in 2006/07.  Twenty-six artistic partners, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute of Chicago, and Court Theatre, will celebrate artists who created for and in response to the Soviet Politburo. Chicago Presents’ events within the festival will feature artists such as pianist Simon Trpčeski, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

The 2010/11 season features eighteen performances spanning the spectrum of classical music: the poignant chamber music of Shostakovich, the fiery Prokofiev Violin Concerto, charming Italian art songs, a piano recital celebration of Franz Lizst, jazz performances, world premieres of works by graduate student composers, and more. The performers hail from ten countries. Seven of the concerts will be Chicago recital debuts—long considered the hallmark of the UCP series. Past debutantes have become musical legends, including Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Hilary Hahn, and Cecilia Bartoli, among others.


The Howard Mayer Brown International Music Series will explore the past, bringing old stories into fresh light. Anchored by the UK’s Fretwork viol ensemble, the series will feature two UCP debuts: Masques from Montreal and the Rose Ensemble from Minnesota.

Rounding out the UCP season is the Discovery Artist, the fantastic French pianist Lise de la Salle, and the Lionel Loueke Trio led by Loueke, a phenomenal guitarist originally from the small West African nation of Benin.

UCP was founded in 1943 with the goal of bringing to Chicago world-renowned artists for concerts and educational programs. Heralded by the Chicago Tribune as “a model of what a classical concert series should be,” and “the city’s most important by a mile chamber music series” by the Chicago Sun-Times, UCP has been dedicated throughout its history to its mission to present music on an intimate scale at the highest level. The pursuit of excellence is central to this mission, infusing not only the music UCP presents but also its relationship with its audience and community. A major player in the city’s artistic pantheon, the Olivier Messiaen Festival in October 2008 was hailed as “brilliant” and “flawlessly executed” by the Chicago Sun-Times and named as one of the top ten cultural events of the year by the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago.

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