Hyde Park Herald praises John Corkill's SOUND/SITES performance as inventive and unique

John Corkill playing marimba in Mansueto Library


Hyde Park Herald describes John Corkill’s SOUND/SITES performance as having “depth and excitement” and “delightful” camerawork of Mansueto Library and Saieh Hall. This series from University of Chicago Presents, new for the 2020-21 season, highlights Department of Music faculty alongside the university's most unique buildings and locations.

John Corkill, percussionist faculty at the University of Chicago Department of Music, presented a virtual performance in May 2021 through SOUND/SITES, a collaborative series presented by UChicago Presents and the Department of Music. In this concert, Corkill performed works by fellow faculty member Augusta Read Thomas and UChicago Professor Emerita Marta Ptaszyńska, among works by other composers with deep ties to Chicago. With instruments including drums, cymbals, chimes, bubble wrap, wood blocks, gongs, and more, Corkill's recorded performance featured the Mansueto Library and the Economics Department's Saieh Hall with creative camerawork to showcase the buildings and the music in an exciting juxtaposition.

Hyde Park Herald's M.L. Rantala writes that "Sound/Sites is a new approach to site-specific performance, which glories in the interesting architecture of the University of Chicago and which enhances it with great music and thought-provoking visuals."

Read the full review here.