Dusk Variations returns to the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park this summer. Mixing pop and alternative genres with classical music, this series of four free concerts will take place on Monday nights in August (August 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 PM). Dusk Variations is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Millennium Park, with support from WBEZ Radio and vocalo.org. Back for a second season, Dusk Variations mixes electronica, folk, rock and the avant-garde with classical sounds challenging listeners’ perceptions and exploring ways that popular and alternative music influences classical musicians and composers.
This chamber-rock quintet, founded by composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli in 2008, presents a stirring blend of winds, strings, keyboards and lo-fi electronics. Missy Mazzoli is noted as one of “the most consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times). Victoire was recently dubbed “an all-star, all-female quintet” by Time Out New York and was described by Pitchfork as “… so good… a pleasingly accessible entree into the world of modern pseudo-classical music.” The group is exclusively dedicated to performing Mazzoli’s work and offers a mix of dreamy post-rock with quirky minimalism and rich romantic sounds. Since forming in 2008, the group has shared the stage with artists such as Tortoise, Bing and Ruth, Twi the Humble Feather, and Redhooker. Victoire will release their first full-length album in late September 2010 on New Amsterdam Records.