A Tribute to Chicago Architecture Through Music

September 16, 2010

Love Chicago real estate? Ever associate music with a great piece of architecture?

This Saturday, Accessible Contemporary Music (ACM) is hosting Songs About Buildings and Moods, an event that celebrates Chicago’s architectural legacy through music.

The Aqua Tower

Five landmark buildings in and around the Chicago Loop will be highlighted with informational tours and live performances of newly written music from six Chicago composers.

The chosen Chicago buildings:

*Monadnock Building

*Marquette Building

*Aqua Tower

*Chicago Cultural Center

*The Harry Bertoia sculpture in the plaza of the Aon Center

The tours, guided by docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, will last a little over an hour and will include background information on the buildings along with the live performances of the music written for each building.

The composers will be there to talk about how the buildings inspired the music they composed.

Chicago Cultural Center

“Each building has been chosen for its historical relevance but also for its particular ‘mood’ or feel,” said Dave Hampton, an architect at Hampton Avery and one of the Chicago composers. “From the dark interior of the Monadnock Building to the sunny vistas of the Aqua Tower terrace, we’ve really given the composers a lot to work with.”

The other Chicago composers:

*Seth Boustead

*Amos Gillespie

*Jason Raynovich

*Kyle Vegter

*Randall West

What: Songs About Buildings and Moods

When: Saturday, September 18; 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Tours depart from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago

Cost: $20

Call: (773) 334-3650 or visit to purchase tickets


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What a great idea! That would be great to do in the Lansing real estate area, but we lack in architecturally significant buildings.

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