Mies and Music in March

    Press Release:

    A Tale of Two Ludwigs: Mies van der Rohe Meets Beethoven, Gabrieli – March 15

    Chicago, IL – February 11, 2009 –
    The Grammy-nominated Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM), together with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the American Institute of Architects and the Mies van der Rohe Society, bring groundbreaking chamber works to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s architectural masterpieces. CCM’s winter Sounds and Spaces event showcases Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Hero” String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3, Razumovsky, and two works by Giovanni Gabrieli in S.R. Crown Hall and Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 4 p.m.

    CCM’s new Sounds and Spaces series introduces masterworks of the chamber repertoire into architecturally significant spaces, inviting audiences to gain a deeper appreciation for both art forms. According to the famous first century BCE architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, “The architect must not only understand drawing, but music.”

    The March 15 event showcases three groundbreaking artists: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), considered the most influential architect of the twentieth century, redesigned the skylines of the world’s cities; Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) was the first composer to indicate changes in dynamics (degrees of loudness) in his written scores; and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) “made all previous string quartets seem modest by comparison” (Melvin Berger’s Guide to Chamber Music).

    The event begins at 4 p.m. in S.R. Crown Hall – “one of the world’s most influential, inspiring, and astonishing structures” (Time Magazine)

    – with a guided tour by Justine Jentes, director of the Mies van der Rohe Society. Making the most of the clean lines and flat surfaces of the hall, CCM’s brass and string players perform Gabrieli’s Canzona per Sonare No. 1, Spiritata and Sonata Pian'e Forte a 8, Alla Quarta Bassa – written for the echoing acoustics of Venice’s St. Mark’s Cathedral.

    The audience then proceeds on a guided tour of IIT’s campus to Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel.

    The only religious building van der Rohe ever designed, the chapel is described by the architect: “It was meant to be simple; and, in fact, it is simple. But in its simplicity it is not primitive, but noble, and in its smallness it is great, in fact, monumental.” The monumental will be aurally apparent with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, Razumovsky, “Hero” which demands each player produces the maximum sound possible from their instrument in the finale. Beethoven wrote in the sketchbook that contained the quartet, “Can anything in the world prevent you from expressing your soul in music?”

    The event concludes at 6:30 p.m. following a reception with the artists at the Pritzker Club in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

    Date, time, and ticket information
    Sunday, March 15
    4 p.m. at S.R. Crown Hall
    3360 South State Street, on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
    Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited.
    Parking is free. CTA Green Line 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stops on campus in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center. For more information, call 312-225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org chicagochambermusic.org/>


    The Mies van der Rohe Society
    The Mies van der Rohe Society was formed in 2002 to bring new life to the architect’s masterworks at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Society is committed to preserving Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legacy and maintaining the architectural integrity of his buildings at ITT, enhancing educational programs for students and reinforcing Chicago’s international reputation for architectural distinction. The Society is committed to completing the second phase of IIT's Master Plan, which will invigorate its landmark campus by restoring Mies van der Rohe’s famed modernist buildings.

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)

    Chicago Chamber Musicians
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