Chicago Stories April 22 will present the world premiere of With the Flow by ESO Cellist & Composer Elizabeth Start
Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) cellist Elizabeth Start, who is also a composer, will have the world premiere of her work With the Flow: Musings on the Chicago River performed Saturday, April 22 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, as part of Chicago Stories, a collaboration of The Chicago Composers’ Consortium (c3) and the Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO).
Chicago Stories will have the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra perform five (5) orchestral world premieres in one evening, all by Chicago composers, and each inspired by life in Chicago. All the works were commissioned for this event by the CCO. In addition to Elizabeth (Betsy) Start, Kyong Mee Choi, Martha Horst, Tim Johnson, and Laura Schwendinger will have their works premiered, and Music Director Allen Tinkham will conduct. “Having just come from the Composing in the Wilderness experience in Alaska last summer, it was jarring to think of writing a piece about something related to a big city like Chicago,” notes Start. “I found a compromise in the river, which can inspire so many relationships connected to nature, history, geography, and in this case, engineering.” The piece takes inspiration from Smetana’s Moldau while referencing the Chicago River’s history with brief vignettes that reference locations along its path. Tickets are $10-$20 and may be purchased at chicagocomposersorchestra.org.
]Elizabeth Start has degrees in mathematics and cello from Oberlin, master’s degrees in cello and composition from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in composition from the University of Chicago. She spent 10 years as a Chicago free-lancer, performing and teaching for many organizations, before returning to her hometown of Kalamazoo (MI) in 2001. She is (part-time) Executive Director of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (www.mfsm.us), which celebrates diverse faiths and cultures through music. She performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, among others, and is a member of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium and Accessible Contemporary Music (ACM), Chicago. She is also Vice President-Secretary of the Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians, Local 228 AFM. As a performer, she has premiered over 90 works. As a composer she has had numerous commissions and grants, and over 300 performances of over 100 works in the U.S. and abroad. See www.elizabethstart.com.
The Chicago Composers’ Consortium (c3) is a grass-roots organization of composers dedicated to creating new music in Chicago. We are a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization formed in 1988 and incorporated in 1989. Since then c3 has organized scores of concerts, invited many distinguished composers, and collaborated with several musicians and ensembles, creating unique musical events. What has set the consortium apart from other contemporary music organizations has been its composer-generated collaborative projects. As a presenter of contemporary music in the Chicago area, the consortium has found new ways to introduce Chicago to what is new in music.
Formed by Randall West and Brian Baxter in 2010, the Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) is dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers. Each season the CCO presents concerts featuring music of all styles for the orchestra by living composers including a cross-section of well-known and emerging composers. The CCO makes a special effort to give voice to composers living and creating in Chicago as well as to bring music to Chicago that has not yet been performed here.