Classical Evolve

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UPDATE: On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Ben Ash was named IPO's 2018-19 Composer in Residence. Ash will have the opportunity to work with Maestro Kirov and the orchestra, as he writes three original works to premiere with IPO during the 2018-19 season. Congratulations, Ben!


As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov's vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce IPO Classical Evolve- our inaugural composition competition aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations.

In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists have been chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer in Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three works for IPO’s 2018-19 Season. The three composer finalists include: Ben Ash, Saad Haddad and Conor Mackey.

Your $25 ticket gives you a general admission seat and the opportunity to cast your vote for your favorite composer during the evening. 

NOTE: Student tickets are $10!

Regular ticketing and handling fees may apply.