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Power in Sound: Then/Now- Ustvolskaya and the Next Generation

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 East 60th Street Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya Festival is a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya's powerful and intense music. Named "the woman with the hammer,” (Elmer Schonberger) for her use of heavy, homophonic blocks of sound, Ustvolskaya's music is rarely performed in the Unites States. Organized/curated by Nomi Epstein andShanna Gutierrez, this will be the first major multi-day festival celebrating the music of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) in the United States.

Providing a dialogue between Ustvolskaya’s work and music by an emerging Russian composer, the festival will feature US Premieres by the acclaimed Marina Khorkova (b. 1981) and Dariya Maminova (b. 1988). 

Then/Now: Ustvolskaya and the Next Generation
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Free to Public, Donations accepted

Marina Khorkova: a_priori for flute and cello (2013)
Shanna Gutierrez, flute; Seth Parker Woods, cello

Trio for clarinet, violin, piano (1949)
Jeff Kimmel, clarinet; Tara Lynn Ramsey violin; Andrew Rosenblum, piano

Dariya Maminova: Déjà vu (2013)
Christopher NarlochAndrew Rosenblum, pianos

Grand Duet (1959)
Seth Parker Woods, cello; Andrew Rosenblum, piano

The Ustvolskaya Festival will feature 3 concerts of her solo, small and large chamber works, in connection with a 3-day conference, ‘Found in Time: Forgotten Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960’ open to the public.

This is a rare and important opportunity for a city’s artistic and scholarly community to unify in the presentation and discussion of something new to the ears of Chicago audiences. Ustvolskaya’s music is presciently relevant in today’s climate of concerns regarding gender and artistic expression and a complicated political environment.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additionally, this project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.