Ear Taxi Chicago Festival
of New Music and Mana Contemporary Present:
Steve Everett: Out of the Frame

October 5, 2016
5PM – 8PM
October 6, 2016
3PM – 6:30PM
October 7 – 9, 2016
2PM – 6PM


 

Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music
and Mana Contemporary Present:
Steve Everett: Out of the Frame

 
Out of the Frame (2016) is an interactive installation based on Ophelia, the young girl portrayed in 2012 US Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway's poetry collection, Bellocq's Ophelia (Graywolf Press, 2002). Music and video are drawn from Steve Everett's 2008 opera, Ophelia's Gaze for soprano, string quartet, and interactive audio-video. The work is a narrative sequence of tableaux vivants, in which viewers are asked to engage with the imagined thoughts and perceptions of a young mixed-race prostitute in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1912.

About Ear Taxi Festival
In 2008 the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University generously instituted a biennial festival supporting emerging composers of classical contemporary music. Spearheaded by Ditson Advisory Committee member and University of Chicago Professor Augusta Read Thomas, the 2016 Ear Taxi Festival — October 5 – 10, 2016 — is a celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene with concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions featuring New Music Chicago and New Music USA. Co-curated by Augusta Read Thomas and conductor Stephen Burns and a curatorial committee of Chicago’s leading artists and intellectuals the festival is a joy-ride through Chicago’s new music scene. From Mana Contemporary and the University of Chicago on the south-side to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and The Chicago Cultural Center in the loop, to Constellation on the north-side, the whole city will be humming with the sounds of creativity and innovation.

Image courtesy of Steve Everett