Lakeshore Rush: Midwest Meets the Rest

June 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
Lakeshore Rush: Midwest Meets the Rest @ PianoForte Studios

Lakeshore Rush will be joined by special guests composer/saxophonist Amos Gillespie and percussionist Josh Graham in this exciting program that features works from midwestern composers.

Works will include Amos Gillespie’s Spanish Speakers and These Questions Three; Philip Glass’s Closing from Glassworks; David Lang’s These Broken Wings; Gian Carlo Menotti’s Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano; Bill Ryan’s Blurred; and the Chicago premiere of Roger Zare’s Zodiacal Light.

Co-founded by clarinetist Laura McLaughlin and flutist Erin Murphy in 2014, the chamber ensemble Lakeshore Rush comprises five extraordinary musicians from the Chicagoland music scene. Through a combination of creative programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative partnerships and intimate performances, Lakeshore Rush has inspired and enlightened audiences in the Midwest. Employing various combinations of riveting contemporary music from living composers, as well as various dance styles including rock and jazz, Lakeshore Rush has delighted and entertained audiences of all ages.

Lakeshore Rush takes its name from a previously endangered lakeshore grass that has recently revitalized Lake Michigan’s shores in Chicago. Like the renewal of this plant, the resurgence of contemporary classical music has taken root and flourished in Chicago’s music culture. Indeed, just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, one need only stroll along Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive to experience the energy which motivates and exhilarates the musicians of Lakeshore Rush.

Through active collaborations with composers – including new works commissioned by Laura Schwendinger, Joshua Hintze, Jonathan Hannau, and Griffin Candey – and a plan to expand the Pierrot + percussion ensemble repertoire, Lakeshore Rush is bringing to life a new variety of audience-friendly music. Their inaugural 2014-2015 season found Lakeshore Rush in numerous venues in the Midwest, including the Chicago Center for Music Education, Chicago’s Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, the George Crumb Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the PianoForte Studios in Chicago, among others.