- $15 to see Despair & Desolation, presented by the Renovo String Orchestra ($25 value)
- When: Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Music Institute of Chicago – Nichols Hall
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6:45 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Paying tribute to misery and the other dark emotions that often accompany life's major turning points, Despair & Desolation features lachrymose melodies from the last two centuries, as well as visual art of such scenes as bleak landscapes and depressed puppies.
- Barber—Adagio for Strings: Barber's sweeping meditation on loss and grief was written in the midst of the Great Depression as war in Europe loomed. One of the most recognizable works of the 20th century, the piece has been used to commemorate such occasions as the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the September 11 attacks.
- Glass—String Quartet No. 2 Company: Opening with quietly haunting ripples of violin notes, Glass's quartet unfolds into a slow-churning devastation, fueled by strings that seem to sob as they ebb and flow. Glass wrote the piece to accompany a stage adaptation of Samuel Beckett's novella, Company, whose dreamlike structure centers around a dying man who listens to a voice relating scenes of his past, present, and future.
Renovo String Orchestra
Formed of a small group of dedicated musicians, the Renovo String Orchestra treats Chicagoland to carefully curated evenings of classical music that speaks to the human condition. Drawing on string compositions from throughout the centuries, the group's programs can range from intricate baroque quartets to modern minimalist pieces by such composers as Philip Glass and the guy who wrote the static noise for dead TV channels.