Ear Taxi Festival

Music, Classical and opera
Third Coast Percussion Ensemble
Photograph: Saverio Truglia Third Coast Percussion Ensemble

There are plenty of music festivals in Chicago that showcase rock bands, EDM acts, rappers and jazz musicians, but the city's vibrant contemporary classical scene is often overlooked. The brand new Ear Taxi Festival seeks to change this, serving up six days of new music at venues like the Harris Theatre, Constellation and the Chicago Cultural Center. The lineup includes 25 Chicago-based acts—such as Third Coast Percussion, and Spektral Quartet—performing pieces by more than 70 composers. The schedule is arranged so that performances don't overlap, so go ahead and treat yourself to a new music marathon.

By: Zach Long