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What's New: Ear Taxi Festival

Anthony Barlich

Windy City. Third Coast. Chicago has been a leader in the arts, tourism, and pizza for a long time. The Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Duh Bears have fans around the world. We’ll focus on Chicago’s musical scene for a once in a lifetime event – the Ear Taxi Festival – that takes place over six days, October 5th to 10th.

We’ll hear from composer Augusta Read Thomas about the Ear Taxi Festival, as well as some of her music, and that of Mason Bates with the Chicago Symphony, plus Third Coast Percussion playing Steve Reich on this episode!

The New York Times shared that Augusta Read Thomas had the distinction of having her work performed more frequently in 2013-2014 than any other living ASCAP composer. Former Chairperson of the American Music Center, she serves on many boards, and is a generous citizen in the profession at large. The American Academy of Arts and Letters states Thomas "has become one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American Music."

What’s New is a production of WBAA Classical, a listener supported broadcast service of Purdue University.

John Nasukaluk Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Texas, Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania. In 2005, Clare earned the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for radio broadcasting, citing his work on 20/20 Hearing. Having performed with famed tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, John has worked with the Mozart Festival Texas, Mid Texas Symphony, Nevada Chamber Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
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