Kathryn J Allwine Bacasmot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA OPENS SEASON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GRANT WALLACE BAND AND WELCOMES NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR ALLEN TINKHAM IN HIS INAGURAL PERFORMANCE AS MUSIC DIRECTOR ON OCTOBER 25.
Chicago, Illinois (October 7, 2015) – Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) will open its sixth season with special guests Grant Wallace Band for CCO + Grant Wallace Band on Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30 p.m. at Constellation, 3111 N. Western, Chicago, IL. This performance also marks the debut of Allen Tinkham as Music Director.
Artistic collaboration has become an important if not essential part of Chicago Composers Orchestra’s (CCO) programmatic vision over the course of the organizations past five seasons. “We are very excited about teaming up with Grant Wallace Band,” said CCO co-Artistic Director Brian Baxter, “The collision of their completely original folk/jazz/new music sound world with the Chicago Composers Orchestra will be stunning, and in turn a whole new layer will be added to the already rich music of Grant Wallace Band with the augmentation of an orchestral setting.”
The program will consist of two sets. The opening set will feature a performance of Notes from the Underground by Anthony Davis and a gallery of performance pieces by Yoko Ono from Grapefruit, her collection of “event scores” from 1964. The second set will feature all new music written by Grant Wallace Band performed with CCO.
Grant Wallace Band, which formed in Chicago, is a trio of composer-performers weaving a diaphanous sound from threads of new music, modern jazz, and old-time folk styles. Composing through a uniquely collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice/mandolin), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Luke Gullickson (piano/guitar) also draw inspiration from outsider artists including the band’s namesake.
CCO welcomes Allen Tinkham to his inaugural season as Music Director of the organization this season. Maestro Tinkham previously worked with the orchestra in its fifth season, conducting the Baroque Pop program that took place November 6, 2014. In August, 2015, Maestro Tinkham sat down to talk about his appointment with Graham Meyer of Chicago Magazine, saying, “Honestly, I’m so excited to be invited to be music director of a composers orchestra. New music is new ideas. I can’t think of another time in world history when it was more important for us to have open ears and open minds. I think contemporary music encourages that in us, consciously and subconsciously. (Full interview text here: http://www.chicagomag.com/arts-culture/August-2015/Chicago-Composers-Orchestra/)
Allen Tinkham is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors and teachers of his generation. He is hailed by The Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago’s most important “educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow’s orchestral professionals,” working “wonders” in concerts performed at a “professional level.”
As Music Director of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Tinkham oversees all artistic programming and faculty for the organization. He has led the Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim on four continents in performances at some of the world’s greatest halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Montevideo’s Teatro Solis, and the Concert Hall of National Grand Theater Beijing.
Tinkham has won nine ASCAP Awards for the Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music with CYSO, and has premiered many works with CYSO of such composers as Daron Aric Hagen, Gabriel Prokofiev, Augusta Read Thomas, and Marc-Anthony Turnage.
Other recent guest appearances include the Colorado Symphony and the Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also on faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Columbia College of Chicago, and is in high demand as a guest conductor and teacher, having conducted at All-State festival orchestras and summer festivals across the country.
Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Tinkham served as Apprentice Conductor of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, where he mentored under Music Director James DePreist. He also served for many years as a cover conductor at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tinkham received the Bachelor of Music with Distinction in a Double Major of Theory and Double Bass from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan in Orchestral Conducting. At the University of Michigan, he served as Music Director of both the Campus Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and received the Helen and Clyde Wu Conducting Fellowship, the youngest conductor to receive these distinctions. He continued his conducting studies for many summers at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak. Tinkham’s principal teachers include David Effron, Murry Sidlin, and Kenneth Kiesler. He has also studied with David Zinman and James DePreist.
The Chicago Composers Orchestra is dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers. The orchestra works to expand the art form and engage the Chicago community through innovative programming, low cost concerts, and a vibrant and welcoming concert atmosphere. It brings the best in contemporary orchestral music to its audiences by connecting with the next generation of emerging artists. In doing so, it seeks to reinvigorate the orchestra experience for performers, composers, and audiences alike, and to create a sense of excitement around contemporary orchestral music throughout Chicago.
“…the CCO fills a gaping void on the local music scene and serves a crucial, much-needed mission in Chicago.” – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
WEBSITES: www.chicagocomposersorchestra.org; http://www.grantwallaceband.com/
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