Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S UNITY TEMPLE Oak Park, Illinois has the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. In 1905, as Frank Lloyd Wright is living and working in Oak Park, he receives his first major solo public commission.
The resulting building, Unity Temple, broke all the rules for American and European religious architecture. With no obvious front entrance, no steeple, a construction entirely of concrete, and a boldly cubist design, it was an extraordinary expression of Frank Lloyd Wright’s completely new ideas. Frank Lloyd Wright called this building his jewel and throughout his life, referred to this structure as one of his greatest accomplishments. In fact he said, “Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture.”
Unity Temple is a national historic landmark and is initiating its first comprehensive restoration in over one hundred years. Preservation of this building is the concert series mission.
THE UNITY TEMPLE CONCERT SERIES Frank Lloyd Wright designed Unity Temple as both a house of worship and a place for the arts. The Unity Temple Concert Series, established in 1972, is a lively way to experience this masterpiece of architecture at it’s most dramatic time, at night.
The auditorium has 350 seats and all are no more than 40 feet from the performers. Nearly ideal acoustics means music here is experienced with a purity and directness that’s hard to find elsewhere. For a unique combination of art and architecture, there’s nothing quite like the Unity Temple Concert Series.
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The Unity Temple Concert Series, now in its 35th season, presents dynamic chamber ensembles in Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece. With only 350 seats, none more than 40 feet from the performance, and nearly ideal acoustics, live music is experienced with a unique intimacy and purity.
Embracing a broad definition of chamber music, UTCS is committed to presenting a variety of musical genres, styles, eras, and repertoire presented by artists of professional caliber and reputation. A typical season includes vibrant performances that range from baroque and classical to contemporary, avant-garde, and globally inspired. Click here to see our current season.
At the heart of all chamber music lies the spirit of collaboration among the performers themselves and between the performers and the audience. Unity Temple provides a unique venue in which audiences may participate in a remarkable musical conversation. Concerts raise funds for comprehensive restoration of this landmark and support the mission of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.
All concerts are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, October through April. A six-concert subscription starts at just $67.50. To subscribe call (708) 445-8955 or download our form. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale Sept. 1, 2007. December 1, 2007 Ramsey Lewis Trio October 6, 2007 Bonnie Koloc November 3, 2007 REBEL Ensemble January 26, 2008 Chicago Klezmer Ensemble February 23, 2008 Paul Henry/ Classical Guitar March 29, 2008 Amelia Piano Trio April 26, 2008 Sones de México Ensemble
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Alternate web site: http://www.unitytemple-utrf.org/concert_series.html
Contact Name: Pam Magnuson
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875 Lake Street
PO Box 2273
Oak Park, IL 60303