From April 10 through April 12, acclaimed musicians and distinguished scholars will gather on the campus of the University of Chicago in a weekend interdisciplinary series hosted by The University of Chicago Presents Concert Series. The event, entitled Centenary Weekend: The Crossroads of World War I and Music, will explore the effects of the Great War on composers and their music, reflecting a world forever changed. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, Centenary Weekend offers music, lectures and lecture-demonstrations with virtuoso artists and esteemed University of Chicago scholars from the departments of music, humanities, and English. Glenn Watkins, a senior scholar, musicologist and author of Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War, provides an overview essay for the series program book.
Beginning Friday evening in Mandel Hall, moving to Fulton Recital Hall on Saturday afternoon, and finishing with events through Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Pacifica Quartet, and guest artists including Alexander Fiterstein, Arnaud Sussmann, Orion Weiss, Anna Polonsky, will perform master works by Elgar, Poulenc, Debussy, Prokofiev, Bartók and more. A salon evening Spring Lieder Lounge, in partnership with Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, will feature baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan, exploring the work of World War I British composers and poets. There will be post-concert receptions Saturday afternoon and evening.
The Pacifica Quartet, Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, originally conceived of the idea to honor the significance of the time, its impact on music, and the millions who gave their lives. UChicago Presents taps into the estimable scholarship and historic venues of the University to make the weekend a significant contribution to the Centenary milestone and Chicago’s spring cultural season.
For more information about the series or for tickets, visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Members of the acclaimed Pacifica Quartet, resident ensemble for the University of Chicago first conceived of the idea of exploring the impact of The Great War on composers and their music in Centenary Weekend (photo courtesy of Pacifica Quartet).