Mar 22 & 24, 2012, at MCA Stage

The acclaimed Chicago-based chamber music ensemble returns to the MCA Stage for two concerts presented with the MCA exhibition, "The Language of Less (Then and Now)" that features contemporary visual art with themes of minimalism. Both concerts feature music by esteemed older composers as well as talented younger composers.

The March 22 concert explores what “less” can mean when translated to music – with stark, otherworldly landscapes by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman, contrasted with calm beautiful works by younger composers Timo Andres and Caleb Burhans. Music by Philip Glass and David Lang round out the concert.

The “more” concert on March 24 features more of everything – more notes, more wild humor and complexity that pushes the virtuoso ensemble to its limits. Two of the composers, Philippe Hurel and Bruno Mantovani, are renowned in their native France, but little-known in America. Eclectic music by young composers Fabian Svensson (Sweden) and Americans Dan Visconti and Amy Kirsten complete the program.

For information and tickets visit mcachicago.org/performances

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