NOVA VII: in bloom, June 2024 — collaborating with the Chicago Parks Foundation, CME will perform Eric Malmquist’s work Open, Clear, and Free using the history of the Chicago Parks District from the city’s indigenous history to the World’s Columbian Exposition, to present day green space. In addition, works connected to nature and the eternal spring that music can create will be premiered by invited composers at city conservatories in honor of our 10th anniversary season in Chicago.
Saturday, June 8 — 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60649
Sunday, June 9 — 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Park Refectory 5701 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644
CALL FOR COMPOSERS
Now in its seventh year, the NOVA concert series was founded on Constellation’s mission of expanding the repertoire for men’s choral music while providing a distinct experience for audiences exploring an evening of new sounds surrounding a theme. This program has successfully premiered works by more than a dozen American composers and serves as a growing platform of new music for men’s voices. Many of our premieres now reside in our digital music series NOVA Editions, making scores available online for PDF download.
The theme of this year’s NOVA concert is “in bloom”. For our 10th anniversary we are looking to commission 9 miniatures exploring themes connected to nature and the eternal spring that music can create. The 10th world premiere will be Eric Malmquist’s multi-movement work Open, Free, and Clear with texts describing the history of green space in Chicago, completing this program of an evening of world-premiere music for tenor and bass voices.
CME invites all interested composers and artists to apply for their annual New Music Series: NOVA. We seek to commission a handful of works to premiere at our concerts on June 8 & 9, 2024 in Chicago. Invited composers will receive time to workshop their piece with the ensemble**, a premiere performance recording, and a small honorarium.