Join us for a film screening of the award-winning documentary Touch the Sound, followed by a Q & A with Dame Evelyn Glennie, the virtuoso percussionist who is documented in the film. Glennie who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12 is the author of Hearing Essay and contends that deafness is largely misunderstood by the public. A central aspect of her technique is that she has taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears; her performances display this practice in action.
Sign language interpreters, audio description and personal assistant provided.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 312.640.2119 voice TTY 312- 640-2102.
This event is co-sponsored by Access Living Chicago and The Public Square.
See Evelyn Glennie and the Sao Paulo Orchestra
at the Harris Theater on October 12, 2009, 7:30 pm!
More about Dame Evelyn Glennie
Dame Evelyn Glennie has been acclaimed by The New York Times as a “phenomenon of a performer,” and is the first person in musical history to successfully create a full-time career as a solo percussionist. One of the most eclectic and innovative musicians in the world today, Dame Glennie combines superb technique, a profound appreciation of the visual and her astonishing musicality to create truly unique performances. She has worked with such acclaimed musicians as Sting, Bjork, Fred Firth, and Bela Fleck. Dame Glennie has been profoundly deaf – meaning that she has some very limited hearing – since age 12. This does not inhibit her ability to perform on an international level. She often plays barefoot in order to “feel” the music. She contends that deafness is largely misunderstood by the public. A central aspect of her technique is that she has taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears; her performances display this practice in action.
For more information, call 312.640.2119.