It may seem strange that Quince, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary music, would take up repertoire written for an ensemble whose focus was the medieval period. That is exactly the case with David Lang's love fail, however, after Anonymous 4, the group that commissioned the work, retired in 2016.

If Lang's open vocal harmonies provide the connective tissue for early music lovers, it is the composer's treatment of text that makes this piece thoroughly contemporary. With words and poetry drawn both from centuries-old manuscripts and new miniature short stories by Lydia Davis, Quince shapes love fail into a stunning, contemporary reflection on modern love.

Presented in partnership with the Department of Music, with support from the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence fund.

Tickets: $15 / $20 with reception | Free for UChicago Students

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