The University of Chicago Department of Music is home to world-class ensembles-in-residence who present public concerts at the University and provide coaching and individual instruction to students in the department's performing ensembles and programs. Learn more about the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence.
Amjad Ali Khan and Ensemble
Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence
Amjad Ali Khan and his ensemble begin their appointment as the 2022-23 Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago this October. An undisputed master of the music world, sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan is widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod. Since giving his first performance at the age of six, he has played for audiences worldwide, bringing a new and yet timeless interpretation to the repertoire for the sarod, a nineteen-stringed instrument. Amjad Ali Khan’s passion for bringing the sarod to new audiences has seen him give numerous residencies and hold appointments as Visiting Professor at several universities, including Stanford University, University of New Mexico, York University, and Jacob’s School of Music. Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, Maestro Khan's sons, join him throughout the residency. Both have emerged as esteemed artists, forging a unique artistic vision that comes from a great legacy.
Amjad Ali Khan and his ensemble will make three visits to the University for weeklong residencies in each of the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters of 2022 and 2023. The artists will offer public concerts and events across the UChicago campus. The artists will also participate in interdisciplinary panels and discussions, make classroom visits and presentations, lead workshops withDepartment of Music ensembles, and engage with school and community music programs in the city.
Ensemble-in-Residence January 2023
From January 23 through 27, Blue Heron vocal ensemble presents a series of public performances, events, and open rehearsals, in addition to hosting workshops and interactive presentations with Department of Music performance ensembles and students.
Acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations, Blue Heron combines a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices.
Founded in 1999, Blue Heron is a 21st-century vocal ensemble that mostly sings music composed between 1400 and 1600. The ensemble’s expansive repertoire includes 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music. Blue Heron also regularly performs earlier and later music, from a concert version of Guillaume de Machaut’s Remede de Fortune to a collaboration with A Far Cry featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Le Cantique des Cantiques for twelve voices by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur (1952), Devran (2017) by Boston’s Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, and a new setting of Puer nobis nascitur by Chicago’s Kevin Allen, commissioned by the ensemble in 2020.
Ensemble-in-Residence in the Division of Humanities
The New Budapest Orpheum Society presents 1-2 concerts each year, drawing upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret.