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Laura Schwendinger’s Océanie La Mer Presented on April 22 by Chicago Composers Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois

April 18, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
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The Chicago Composers Orchestra will perform Laura Schwendinger's Océanie La Mer as part of their Chicago Stories concert on April 22 @ 7:30 pm, St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron in Chicago, Illinois.

Five orchestral World Premieres in one evening, all by Chicago composers. Each inspired by life in Chicago, these works have been specially commissioned by the CCO for this concert.

Laura Schwendinger’s work was inspired by a Matisse weaving in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The program also includes Kyong Mee Choi’s Water Bloom, inspired by Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain, Timothy Johnson’s Logan Square: Tough Neighborhood, from From Jørgensen to Johnson, based on Johnson’s family history in the city of Chicago. The structure of Martha Horst’s Cloud Gate directly correlates to the structure of Kapoor’s sculpture in Millennium Park, and Elizabeth Start’s With the Flow: Musings on the Chicago River takes inspiration from Smetana’s Moldau while referencing the Chicago River’s history with brief vignettes that reference locations along its path.

More about the April 22 concert at Visit CCO at

The first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize, Laura Elise Schwendinger, is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her music has been performed by leading artists, including Dawn Upshaw (on tour 1997-2013) and on Voices of Our Time, (a TDK/Naxos DVD), Janine Jansen, Matt Haimovitz, the Arditti and Jack Quartets, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the New Juilliard Players, the Franz Liszt chamber orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra, at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Ojai, Aspen, Tangelwood and Ravinia music festivals, and Off-Broadway in the acclaimed Sounding Beckett Project. Her music has been recorded for the Albany and Centaur labels. Her website is at

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