july, 2023

Chicago Philharmonic at Ravinia's 2023 Breaking Barriers Festival

23jul2:00 pm4:30 pmChicago Philharmonic at Ravinia's 2023 Breaking Barriers FestivalRavinia Festival - Bennett Gordon Hall, 201 St Johns Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035 Event Organized ByRavinia Festival2:00 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-05:00)

Event Details

On Sunday, July 23rd, Chicago Philharmonic will be a part of Ravinia’s Breaking Barriers workshop:

Premiering New Works
— Observe Conductors & Composers in a Collaborative Workshop
2:00–4:30 pm in Bennett Gordon Hall

Ravinia’s Inaugural Breaking Barriers Festival celebrates women composers—classical and jazz artists as well as singer-songwriters—who are featured throughout the season. Surrounding the three evening concerts this weekend are panel roundtables, a composer workshop, and more events presented in collaboration with New Music USA and The Chicago Network.

“This is exactly the sort of artistic enterprise an international music festival that cares about the next generation of musicians, and the continued vitality of the art form, should be investing in.”

At Sunday’s workshop, witness three Chicago-area composers—selected from a New Music USA call for scores—collaborate with six Taki Alsop Conducting Fellows to bring new works to life. Under the guidance of Marin Alsop, Augusta Read Thomas, and Clarice Assad with the Chicago Philharmonic, this workshop will highlight the many perspectives that contribute to an orchestral premiere.

Specifically, this experience will highlight how two different conductors bring their own nuance to the same piece, as well as what it is like to compose a piece and how conductors manage limited time with an orchestra to learn a new piece. Performances by the Chicago Philharmonic of the awardees’ pieces will be recorded live.

Breaking Barriers Awardees

This year’s chosen composers/pieces were:
Gillian Rae Perry (she/her)
— “I’m Sorry to My Body”

Kari Watson (she/her)
— “About the Wreck”

Amy Wurtz (she/her)
— “Emome”

Featured conductors from the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship:

Kelly Corcoran
Julia Cruz
Laura Jackson
Irene Delgado Jimenez
Rebecca Tong
Rei Hotoda

Workshop Collaborator and Sponsor: New Music USA

Read the full festival schedule details here.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-05:00)


Ravinia Festival - Bennett Gordon Hall

201 St Johns Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

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