University of Chicago
5811 S. Ellis Ave., 4th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60637
ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL
5850 S. WOODLAWN AVE.
For this concert developed in collaboration with the Renaissance Society and Lampo, Los Angeles-based composer Sarah Davachi premieres a new long-form work for pipe organ and two French horns in the soaring interior of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Titled la brume jaune, the composition explores alternating experiences of gradual movement and stasis, driven by subtle yet impactful gestures within intimate musical relationships of harmony, melody, and timbre. The interplay between the organ (played by Davachi) and the two amplified horns (played by Liz Deitemyer and Matthew Oliphant) provides a further layer of acoustic counterpoint, reflecting Davachi’s more recent explorations in writing for unconventional chamber ensembles. Designed by master builder E.M. Skinner in 1928, Rockefeller Chapel’s Skinner Organ is among the most revered in the United States and contains over 8,000 pipes.
This program is presented in partnership with Lampo.
Image: Sarah DaVachi, Photo: Alex Waber