Amanda Majeski, Jonathan Johnson, Karim Sulayman Headline Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago 10th Anniversary Season

By Logan Martell

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary season with digital programming that includes recitals, workshops, and the company’s annual Collaborative Works Festival.

This year’s Collaborative Works Festival will exclusively feature women composers, as they commemorate the 100th anniversary since the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The festival will draw from works spanning over 400 years as they shed light on female composers who were often overlooked.

The CAIC’s season will open with the return of its “Lieder Lounge” series. The first concert in the series will feature tenor Jonathan Johnson, a recent alumnus of the Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, who will be accompanied by CAIC music director Craig Terry. The program will include works from Britten and Duparc.

Broadcast Date: September 18, 2020

The festival will feature a masterclass with Grammy Award-nominated pianist Myra Huang as she works with Chicago-based singer-pianist duos on repertoire by female composers of color.

Broadcast Date: October 2, 2020

Presented in partnership with The Poetry Foundation, “Women of the Baroque” will features works from the late Renaissance and Baroque period, featuring composers such as Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Julie Pinel, Antonia Membo, Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, and Maddalena Casulana.

Performing artists include soprano Amanda Majeski, bass Anthony Reed, violinist Adriane Post, harpsichordist Mark Shuldiner, lutenist Brandon Jack Acker, cellist Anna Steinhoff, with tenor and CAIC Artistic Director Nicholas Phan.

Broadcast Date: October 9

“Les Parisiennes” will feature composers of the Parisian “Belle époque,” such as Nadia Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre, and Pauline Viardot, The program includes a rarre showcase of Lili Boulanger’s song cycle “Clairieres dans le ciel.” With soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms, and pianist Myra Huang.

Broadcast Date: October 16

The festival’s closing concert, “Modern Women,” will feature female composers of the 20th century, such as Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The program will also include Stacy Garrop’s song cycle “In Eleanor’s Words,” which is based on the writings of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Midwestern premiere of Errolyn Wallen’s “Roundel” and Iva Bittova’s “Nezabudka.” Featuring mezzo Amanda Lynn Bottoms, baritone Chris Kennet, and pianist and CAIC Director of Education Shannon McGinnis.

Broadcast Date: October 23

Polish-American conductor and keyboardist Michael Pecak will present a lecture on Polish art songs and lyric dictation entitled “Polish Art Song Workshop.” A former recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, Pecak has studied music of the 20th and 21st centuries at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Polish Studies Center of Indiana University. This lecture will be the first in a series of events for singers and pianists, which will culminate in a performance in 2021.

Broadcast Date: November 7

The second concert in the “Lieder Lounge” series will feature Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang. The concert will be presented by the Arts Club of Chicago, where it will be filmed as Sulayman and Yang perform lieder from Schubert.

Broadcast Date: December 4, 2020