Fulcrum Point and Public Chicago Series Preview-A Must-See 3-Part Concert Series




Fulcrum Point New Music Project Presents



Cocktails and cool music, a three-part, multi-media concert series

of avante-pop, jazz, and experimental chamber music

Admission is free




Jeremy Ruthraff on saxophone; photo courtesy of Elliot Mandel


Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chicago’s leader in new art music led by Artistic Director Stephen Burns, will collaborate with the luxurious and modern PUBLIC Chicago with a concert series featuring a diverse lineup of new music, video and photography. Performances will take place in the fabulous Library Bar of PUBLIC Chicago, 1301 N. State St., Chicago, in three performances. Grab a craft cocktail at the bar and enjoy these evocative musical experiences!

Enjoy the Afro-beats of Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, and Malinke traditional drumming in a concert showcasing cool jazz and its West African roots. August 27, 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm. We’ll get your heart racing with Percussion Pulsations and the music of Elliot Cole, Steve Reich, and Thierry de Mey, scored for vibraphone, clapping, and shot glasses on September 24, 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm. The grand finale, Maximal Minimalism, will be a string quartet concert featuring the music of Terry Riley, Jessie Montgomery, and Rock Legend Jimi Hendrix! October 22, 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Stephen Burns on trumpet and Andy Baker on trombone; photo courtesy of Elliot Mandel


QUOTE BY STEPHEN BURNS: “Music Journalist Wynne Delacoma has said that she enjoys new art music more with a drink in her hand and in the relaxed company of friends. We heartily agree! So when PUBLIC Chicago invited us to create elegant, sophisticated, multi-media programs in the Library Bar, we leapt at the opportunity.  Come, kick back, enjoy our musical adventure along with the creative libations of the PUBLIC Chicago’s mixologists.”

Stephen Burns, Artistic Director, Fulcrum Point New Music Project; photo courtesy of Saverio Truglia




Created in 1998 by conductor, composer and trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns, the mission of Fulcrum Point New Music Project is to be a Chicago leader of diverse new music by presenting multi-media performances, collaborating with innovative tech to support educational programs within the CPS,  as well as commissioning and recording fresh new works. Its programs are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music.  Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs, Fulcrum Point seeks to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world. For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit the FULCRUM POINT website

James Sander on violin, Carmen Kassinger on violin, Dave Moss on viola and Paula Kosher on cello; photo courtesy of Elliot Mandel



 PUBLIC Chicago is a complete transformation of the Gold Coast's famed Ambassador East Hotel and its historic Pump Room restaurant. Rich with a cultural heritage that spans decades, the hotel and the Pump Room were the places to see and be seen, playing host to a multitude of celebrities and people from all over the world and all walks of life. A reinvented and reimagined hotel and Pump Room, with a new food concept by James Beard and award winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will continue to be the fashionable spot it was originally envisioned to be. PUBLIC Chicago's 285 spacious and oversized guest rooms and suites are individually furnished with integrity, taste and superb functionality - Public Chicago website


Reminiscent of 1950’s American and European coffee houses, French patisseries and Italian cafes, The Library houses a Coffee Bar by day offering La Colombe Coffee’s wide variety of exotic coffees, including a special blend just for PUBLIC, coffee drinks from around the world, as well as morning and afternoon homemade baked goods, pastries, sandwiches, salads, freshly baked desserts, and other specialties by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. You can work and eat at the large communal table with integrated convenience outlets, unwind in front of the enormous, custom limestone fireplace with a roaring fire, or relax and browse a selection of specially curated coffee-table books, newspapers and magazines. By night, the room transforms into a sexy lounge and wine bar offering a full bar, domestic and international bottled beer, a great international selection of wines, specialty cocktails, small-plated exotic food, after dinner dessert, andother gourmet global specialties by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Stephen Burns conducting musicians with Fulcrum Point New Music Project; photo courtesy of David Cortez

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