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Preview: Anaphora's 'Synesthetic Sounds'

By Alexander Hough in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 8, 2009 9:40PM

Photo by Doyle Armbrust
We'll plug pretty much anything either Anaphora or dal niente does, so when there's an Anaphora concert that features a world premiere by dal niente founder Kirsten Broberg, obviously we'll tell you to check it out.

Influenced by composer/visual artist Kyong Mee Choi, whose 1999 piece "Reflective Layers" appears on the program, and her sound and installation work while studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, composer and Anaphora curator Sarah Ritch has developed an event that will focus on the interaction of aural and visual elements. Anaphora commissioned new works by Broberg and fellow Chicago composer Marcos Balter for the show, and Ritch worked with the composers to develop a visual element to accompany and elevate the music in order to create a melding of sound, visual art, and atmosphere, an experience that will begin upon entering the concert hall.

In addition to the pieces by Choi, Broberg, and Balter, dal niente violinist Austin Wulliman will give an encore performance of Kaija Saariaho's "Calices," which he premiered at last Thursday's dal niente concert (which, along with the ICE concert Veronica told you about, means Chicago may be riding a Saariaho wave).

Curtiss Hall, 410 S. Michigan, 10th Floor, Wednesday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m., $5