COLLABORATIVE ARTS INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Chicago's home for Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music
"The vocal recital is less of a locally endangered species
thanks to the yeoman efforts of the
Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago..."
- Chicago Classical Review
CAIC seeks to make Chicago a world home for the performance and study of art song and vocal chamber music repertoire.
Through vocal coachings, master classes, and performances in venues throughout the Chicago area, including the annual Collaborative Works Festival, CAIC offers musicians and audience members the opportunity to experience the intimate, inspiring world of song.
CAIC RECEIVES A GRANT FROM THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION! - 11/15/2014
CAIC is honored and grateful to be a recipient of a grant from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in support of its 2014-2015 season!
2014 COLLABORATIVE WORKS FESTIVAL RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS! - 9/15/2014
Collaborative Works Festival a Glorious Blend of Old, New - Chicago Sun-Times
"...Each singer excels and is committed to the demands and rewards of poetry, word-setting, language connection and immediate communication. And to have a full quartet meant that both a range of works and real rarities could be presented in the intermissionless 90-minute program. Phan wove together the themes and chronology with cheerily delivered, informative remarks from the stage...Performances were winning and attention was held, singers rotating through the selections and joining in duets as called for..."
Collaborative Works Festival Leads Off with Intimite Schumann Evening - Chicago Classical Review
"...Held in an elegantly minimalist, glass-walled space in the Foundation’s building at 61 W. Superior, Thursday’s recital of songs by Robert Schumann was a typically sophisticated yet high-spirited CAIC affair...Phan and his stellar colleagues–soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, baritone Joshua Hopkins and pianist Myra Huang—brought a combination of impressive technique and emotional passion to every song..."
Michelle DeYoung illuminates a wide range of lieder at Collaborative Works Festival - Chicago Classical Review
"...Friday night mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and pianist Kevin Murphy gave compelling, probing accounts of works by Brahms, Schumann, Elgar, Falla, and Marx at the Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington library...There are few better examples of the fusion of great poetry and music than these masterpieces, and the duo left no stone unturned mining them for dramatic effect. Murphy matched the singer note-for-note in subtle dynamic and tempo modulations, most notably in “So last niche mich scheinen” (So let me seem). Their account was an outburst of turmoil, DeYoung’s radiant upper register conjuring a woman torn between fantasy and reality..."
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2014 COLLABORATIVE WORKS FESTIVAL MAKES MANY CRITIC'S PICKS LISTS - 9/9/2014
The 2014 Collaborative Works Festival has been featured in many Chicago-area publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times' Classical Music Fall Preview, webzine Gaper's Block's September Classical Music Picks, the Chicago Classical Review's Critic's Choice, and Chicagomusic.org's pick for the week of September 8!
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE GIVES 2013 COLLABORATIVE WORKS FESTIVAL A RAVE REVIEW! - 9/13/2013
"With the Collaborative Works festivals tenor Nicholas Phan and colleagues of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago are presenting annually, Chicago is doing its bit to rescue art song performance from the endangered species list. Phan, who is CAIC's artistic director, took part in the opening concert of the second such festival on Wednesday as well as in a song recital given by countertenor David Daniels under CAIC auspices Thursday night in Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library. Daniels, who was accompanied by the veteran pianist Martin Katz, inaugurated a new festival tradition, an annual solo vocal recital..." (read more) - Chicago Tribune
CAIC AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NICHOLAS PHAN PROFILED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 9/5/2013
"Chicago has not exactly built a reputation for being a world-class hub of art song performance and study. But this fall could bring about a sea change, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Nicholas Phan and friends.
In fact, the gifted American tenor will be all over the local classical music map this month and next, when he will headline several celebrations of Benjamin Britten's vocal music, keyed to the great British composer's centenary.
The festivities will begin later this week when the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, of which Phan is artistic director, presents its second annual Collaborative Works Festival. Bracketing the five-day event will be two recitals of songs by Britten and others performed by Phan, Kiera Duffy, Jennifer Johnson Cano, pianist Martin Katz and other artists..." (read more) - Chicago Tribune
all performance and master class photography by Elliot Mandel