Rotunda from Symphony Center, Chicago.

Rotunda from Symphony Center, Chicago.

Rapid Eye Movements in Chicago

Posted on February 7, 2021

Justina’s composition Rapid Eye Movements (2014) for alto flute, horn, violin and cello will have a USA premiere by the members of Civic Orchestra of Chicago in an Episode 2: Shared Reality.

Rapid Eye Movements was 1st performed by the Ensemble 2e2m (cond. Mathias Naon) and since then recorded by LENsemble (cond.  Vykintas Baltakas) for their album Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016)

Episode 2: Shared Reality is available to watch beginning on Thursday, February 18, 2021 on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra website.

Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago present a program of contemporary works that invite reflection on emotions and experiences of the global pandemic. Curated by the Civic Fellows and recorded in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center, the program features Startin’ Sumthin’, Jeff Scott’s ingenious reimagining of ragtime music; CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli’s Still Life with Avalanche, which seeks to find beauty in chaos; Nicole Mitchell’s improvisational and experimental Symbology #3; Justina Repečkaitė’s highly focused, quasi-digital Rapid Eye Movements, and Lisa Atkinson’s aponea, a meditation on her father’s death that evokes the rhythms of a sleep apnea machine in its haunting textures.


Scott Startin’ Sumthin’
Mazzoli Still Life with Avalanche
Mitchell Symbology #3
Repečkaitė Rapid Eye Movements
Atkinson aponea

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