What's New: Ear Taxi Festival

Sep 30, 2016

Composer Augusta Read Thomas
Credit 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.