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Solitary Vices: Solo Bassoon Performance by Ben Roidl-Ward

April 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ben Roidl-Ward presents “Solitary Vices,” a concert of new works for bassoon that reimagine the instrument’s sonic capabilities.

Doors open at 6:30PM. Concert begins at 7PM. The Museum will close at 9:30PM.

Ben Roidl-Ward presents “Solitary Vices,” a concert of new works for bassoon that reimagine the instrument’s sonic, technical, and expressive capabilities. These pieces are the result of close collaboration between Roidl-Ward and the featured composers, and illustrate his continued commitment to championing the work of living composes and building a new repertoire for his instrument. The program will feature world premieres by Liza Lim, Pierce Gradone, Osnat Netzer, and Pablo Rubino, as well as the Chicago premiere of Yi-Ting Lu’s solo work Taxidermy.

Solitary Vice* by Pierce Gradone

Boat Song* by Liza Lim

Monoblogue* by Osnat Netzer

Dualismos* by Pablo Rubino

Taxidermy by Yi-Ting Lu

*indicates world premiere performance

Featuring Dominik Belavy, baritone and Isidora Nojkovic, cello.


Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options please contact us at info@imss.org.

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About the Artist:

Recently named one of 23 artists who are “changing the sound of classical music” by the Washington Post, bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward will join the faculty of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as Assistant Professor of Bassoon in Fall of 2023. He also serves as Principal Bassoonist of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Second Bassoonist of the Illinois Symphony, Solo Bassoonist of Ensemble Dal Niente, and Contemporary Leader of the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Ben’s dedication to working with and advocating for composers of his generation has led him to commission numerous works featuring the bassoon, and he has participated in the premieres of over 125 compositions to date. In demand as a guest artist, he has performed with leading ensembles around the country, including the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, and has presented masterclasses at Northwestern University and the Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, among others. Ben earned his DMA from Northwestern University, where he studied with David McGill and researched methods of notating multiphonics. Previously, he studied with Ben Kamins at Rice University, George Sakakeeny at the Oberlin Conservatory, and Francine Peterson in the Seattle area.


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


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