Presenting over 300 musicians, the works of 88 composers, 53 world premieres, 25 ensembles and 5 sound installations in a 2-day marathon, the new Ear Taxi Festival is a first-of-its-kind Chicago-centric, large-scale contemporary classical music festival. The festival recently announced its complete lineup, and what listeners will see is a prestigious list of artists proffering works that illuminate and challenge and create an experience unlike any other in the Midwest. Along with pianist Patricia Barber, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), the impressive roster of Chicago’s new music heavy-hitters includes Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente and Chicago Harp Quartet, among others. Also novel to the festival model, no one performance overlaps with another, allowing festivalgoers to attend each and every Ear Taxi Festival event. Events take place at multiple venues throughout Chicago.

In addition to adventuresome concert programming, festival offerings include five unique sound art installations on display around the city; community partnerships, including public micro-performances; a series of “Meet the Artists” events, featuring moderated panel discussions and cocktails; and a “NewMusicBox LIVE!” event presented by New Music USA and focused on Chicago-based composers, streaming online for a national audience.

​Ear Taxi Festival will take place October 5-10, 2016 presenting artists and works in venues around the city that include the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago Cultural Center and Constellation and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. Performances will be presented at over 30 festival events, scheduled in 30 – 90 minute sets. Single event tickets range from $5-$26 and multiple event passes start at $36. Festival passes and tickets are currently available at

First Ever Ear Taxi Contemporary Classical Music Festival Announces Expansive Lineup

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), just one of the luminary ensembles and artists who will take part in the first ever Ear Taxi Contemporary Classical Music Festival this fall (photo courtesy of the Ear Taxi Festival).