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2017-2018

October 19, Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N Milwaukee, Chicago IL
7-11pm, $20 general admission includes two drink tickets

Zafa kicks off the 2017-2018 Season with an open house presented by High Concept Labs at Hairpin Arts Center. Join us and the seven other sponsored artists for an evening of performances, installations, and refreshments! Zafa musicians Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Josh Graham (percussion) will be performing excerpts from Gabriela Ortiz’s Atlas Pumas, a work you can hear in its entirety in January. Open House tickets are available here starting at $20.

November 16-19, The Center on Halstead
3656 N Halstead, Chicago IL
7pm, 75 minute run time. No intermission, cash bar.

We’re joining forces with Chicago Fringe Opera to present Laura Kaminsky’s powerful chamber opera, As One. The show will run November 16-19 at the Center on Halstead and the string quartet, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her own self and the outside world. Zafa is thrilled to be giving the Chicago premiere of this work and we would love to see you there – ticketing information and excerpts from the opera are available here starting at $20.

December 2, Mana Contemporary
2233 S Throop, Chicago, IL
2:30 pm, free admission

Continuing our sponsorship at High Concept Labs, we’ve invited one of our favorite composers, Eliza Brown, to workshop her trio, Figure to Ground, at Mana Contemporary.  

January 28, Constellation Chicago
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
8:30pm, $10 in advance $15 at the door 

Zafa returns to one of our favorite venues, Constellation Chicago, to get rolling in 2018!  The full ensemble will be present, alongside guest pianist Christopher Narloch and guest harpist Autumn Selover, performing works by Kaija Saariaho, Missy Mazzoli, Eliza Brown, Tonia Ko, Nina Young, and Joan Tower.  

February 24, The University of St. Francis
Turk Theater, 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435
7:30pm

We're hitting the road in February to pay a visit to the University of St. Francis.  We'll be bringing back some of our favorites from the 2016-2017 season: Roger Zare's Phoenix Song, Jessie Montgomery's Strum, and Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. 

May 31, The Poetry Foundation of Chicago
61 W Superior St, Chicago IL
7pm, free admission

Guest artist Jenna Lyle will be joining us for an evening of literary-inspired music at the Poetry Foundation of Chicago.  Jenna will be reading from the poetry and literature that inspired works by Tonia Ko, Augusta Read Thomas, Iannis Xenakis, Missy Mazzoli, and Dan Temkin.