Hearing in Color highlights music of specific cultural origin within performances curated and performed by people of that lived experience. It is a concert series aimed at highlighting music, composers, and texts who are often underrepresented in the larger musical world. We focus on art song--poetry set to music for solo voice and piano. Art song is a powerful medium for sharing voices, not only of composers and performers, but poets as well. Hearing in Color is dedicated to exposing Chicago’s communities to emerging artists and shining light on cultural issues through the performance of music by composers of color. We believe in the power of music to comfort, embolden, and inspire in the face of subjugation and oppression.
We spotlight this music through performance and archives; all performances are recorded and then made available online to others looking to better understand the scope of what has been written. A conundrum of classical music is that it is difficult for pieces to be found and performed unless an example of a performance already exists. We provide a record of all pieces performed in order that others can discover and perform them.
We give artistic license to marginalized cultures in classical music by asking people of that culture to produce the works by composers of that culture. Showcasing work by marginalized cultures necessitates research and musicological care and the ability to execute a thorough planning and rehearsal process that considers the experiences of the performers involved.