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August 28

FrequencyFrequency Presents — Fonema’s Greatest Hits w/ Parlour Tapes+
August 28, 2016 — 8:30pm
Constellation — 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10
Emceed by Parlour Tapes, Fonema Consort’s season opening concert launches their fifth anniversary celebrations that will conclude with an album release in the Spring. SOUVENIRS will guide you through the ensemble’s performance history, from their prehistory (remember Ensemble Vulpine Lupin?), to a review of each season through some favorite works – Greatest Hits! – from 2011-2015; interspersed with madcap music videos created by the Parlour Tapes team. SOUVENIRS offers a glimpse of the manifold moods of Fonema’s repertoire: from the poetically evocative, dark, introspective, to the eccentric, sensuous and thoughtfully witty.
7 Crimes de l’amour – Georges Aperghis
Sólo es real la niebla – Pablo Chin
Twizies – Clint Mccallum
Grammar of Dreams – Kaija Saariaho

October 8

Ear Taxi Festival Presents — Fonema ConsortEar Taxi
October 8, 2016 — 1:00pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater — Chicago Cultural Center
Fonema Consort presents two works of ambitious and theatrical proportion. Joan Arnau Pàmies’ Produktionsmittel I is performed by a solo flutist in near darkness as she explores the extremes of her physical and musical worlds. Pablo Chin’s (in)armonia: retratos for wind ensemble and two solo voices is the first four scenes of his first chamber opera, depicting the driving forces that motivate the artist to create. This piece follows the journey of Odysseus past of the fatal sirens (represented by the singers) against the backdrop of endless sea (represented by the wind ensemble).
Produktionsmittel I — Joan Arnau Pàmies
(in)armonia: retratos — Pablo Chin

February 2 – 5

113 logoResidency at the University of Minnesota
Concerts on February 4th and 5th
Works by James Dillon, Anthony Cheung and 113 composers

May 17

Residency at Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern
Concert — 7:30pm
Galvin Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
EmilyEmily Beisel–clarinet
DaliaDalia Chin–flutes
David CubekDavid Cubek–conductor
NathalieNathalie Colas–soprano
NinaNina Dante–soprano
ShawnShawn Lucas–guitar
WestonWeston Olencki–trombone
RyanRyan Packard–perc


SamSamuel Rowe–guitar
JeffJeff Siegfried–saxophone
EllieElisa Sutherland–mezzo
JonathanJonathan Thompson–oboes

Emily Beisel — clarinet

EmilyEmily Beisel finds that her most enriching artistic experiences are those involving extended collaborations characterized by in-depth comprehension and interpretation of musical works. She is also fascinated by the communicative possibilities of free improvisation and the potential for joint exploration and experimentation. In addition she is greatly interested in the relationship between visual arts and music and the intensely interrelated influences which are possible to see and experience.

Emily’s musical activities are best characterized by diversity. She is the second clarinetist with Orchestra Iowa with which she performs masterworks, ballet, opera and pops concerts. She is a member of the contemporary ensemble Fonema Consort, touring most recently in Mexico, New York, and Minneapolis, and working with composers including Julio Estrada and James Dillon. She is also a founding member of the collaborative unit “Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo” and appreciates this curatorial platform for commissioning and performing works which she finds artistically challenging and culturally vital. Emily enjoys work as a woodwind doubler in her resident city of Chicago, most recently performing the world premiere of October Sky at the Marriott Theater. Emily works as an active teacher in Chicago, and she appreciates the reciprocal relationship between her dual role as performer and pedagogue. Emily completed her Masters in Music Performance at Northwestern University where she studied with Steve Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom.