Free Concerts at the Inaugural Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago This Weekend

The inaugural Ear Taxi Festival this weekend celebrates contemporary classical music six days of performances, featuring work by 88 composers.      Ear Taxi comprises 32 events running through the weekend and into next week at venues across the city, representing the work of 87 living composers, all of whom either live in the city or are strongly connected to it. Fifty-four world premieres are promised in the course of the six-day mega-festival, including many free offerings, five sound installations, meet-and-greet events and eight hours of music never heard before. More than 350 Chicago musicians are taking part.    Everyone who cares about new classical music in the city should heed the festival’s siren call while they have the opportunity, because it’s not likely to be repeated.


ear-taxi-festival-chicagoWhile most of the concerts require a ticket, a few are free and open to the public, including Joey Brink’s carillon recital at Rockefeller Chapel (Oct 6), a performance by the Civitas Ensemble and Gaudete Brass at Chicago Cultural Center (Oct 8) and a program that features Fifth House Ensemble, and Picosa in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater.


When: Through Monday

Where: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Tickets: Prices vary;,      and

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