August 23, 2013
9/7–15 More sprawling, more dense, and kitchen sinkier than ever, Chicago’s own European village festival in the big city returns for a third year. Organizers promise more than 100 events over the nine-day love-themed affair, including an opening concert in which Matthias Pintscher leads J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, followed by a masquerade party riffing on Dante.
9/9–10 The pianist Christopher O’Riley and the cellist Matt Haimovitz bring cool-kid energy to performances.
9/12, 14 The Wilco drummer and new-music dabbler Glenn Kotche performs and presents new commissions.
9/14–15 Pintscher leads the festival orchestra in two concerts bejeweled with Beethoven symphonies (Nos. 5 and 6). Other musicians involved: Derek Bermel, JACK Quartet, Rachel Kolly d’Alba, Spektral Quartet, Dal Niente, ICE, and too many others to list here. Side dishes include visual art, literature, fashion, panels, master classes, and cryptozoological taxidermy. (Just kidding about the taxidermy. Maybe next year).