The Department of Music is presenting several events as part of the Nuclear Reactions Commemoration

In autumn 2017, the University of Chicago kicked off a series of public events to mark the 75th anniversary of the chain reaction experiment. The series of events, titled “Nuclear Reactions—1942: A Historic Breakthrough, an Uncertain Future,” will culminate in a two-day program on December 1–2.

The Department of Music is presenting several events as part of the commemoration.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 4:00 PM
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

World premiere of Plea for Peace, for soprano and string quartet performed by four members of the Chicago Symphony with Jessica Aszodi, soprano by Augusta Read Thomas. Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Iverson wrote a beautiful program note for the event.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2:30 PM
Eckhardt Research Center lobby, 5640 S. Ellis Ave.

World premiere of Tryptic for E.F. for electronic playback and dancers by Sam Pluta, Emily Coates, and Young-Kee Kim.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 3:25 PM
Outdoors

World premiere of The Curve is Exponential for Carillon and Electronics composed by Ted Moore and performed by Joey Brink.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7:00 PM
McCormick Tribune Lounge, Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave.

World premieres of three works by alumni and current student composers: Amelia Kaplan, PhD (Associate Professor of Composition and Director of the New Music Ensemble at Ball State University, Indiana); Clifton Callender, PhD (Professor of Composition and Artistic Director of the New Music Ensemble at Florida State University); Kevin Kay, MA 2018.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2, 8:00 PM
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

University Symphony Orchestra presents Echoes of History In a timely and thought-provoking program, the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents three musical reflections of historical turning points of the last 100 years: Eric Ewazen's poignant Hymn for the Lost and the Living, written after 9/11; Krzysztof Penderecki's riveting Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima; and Dmitri Shostakovich's commanding and compelling Symphony No. 12, The Year of 1917. Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Iverson will provide commentary on the Penderecki work as part of the evening's performance.

For a full schedule of events, please visit nuclearreactions.uchicago.edu