Instructions for Playing

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Instructions for Playing is a genre-bending concert program to be performed by Hot Second, a new duo consisting of myself (percussion) and Dylan Feldpausch (violin). The concert will feature two world premiere compositions, as well as existing classical works and our own arrangements of pop and jazz songs. Our hope is to deliver both a standard concert performance and a re-working for grade-school student audiences. With your support, we will share this exciting new program in Chicagoland in May/June 2024.


About This Project

After several months of collaboration, Instructions for Playing will be Hot Second’s first full-length concert program and one that embodies our musical goals: to create genre-bending performances and draw audiences into adventurous and playful sound worlds. My musical training is primarily in western classical music, but I love to capitalize on the universality of percussion—how it exists in nearly every genre and every culture around the world—to draw artistic connections, learn new perspectives, and share these points of connection with audiences.

Working closely with living composers to create new music is one of the most inspiring and energizing parts of my artistic practice. Both the creator and performer get to feed off each other’s strengths, skills, and energies to learn and grow. Collaboration with my duo partner through chamber music is also immensely rewarding. We are able to push each other’s technical and artistic boundaries, and to create more meaningful musical experiences than either of us could on our own. 

The concert will feature two world premiere compositions: one composed by José Martínez and commissioned especially for this project, and one composed by my duo partner, Dylan Feldpausch. We will also perform two jazz and pop songs in new arrangements that we will create, and existing classical works by Gabriela Ortiz, Stephanie Orlando, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. This program will be a joyful and adventurous musical experience that will surprise audiences and illuminate the possibilities that exist when we create fluid relationships between art forms and genres.

Listeners will benefit from seeing a program of classical music that is not rooted in the Euro-centric White, male canon that people often expect when they think of classical music, but instead centers voices of creators who are women, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQIA+. One of the program’s centerpieces will be the work by José Martínez, titled “Manual de Instrucciones.” This is the latest in José’s series inspired by a collection of satirical essays by Argentine author Julio Cortázar. Through instrucciones (instructions) for activities such as winding a clock, climbing a ladder, and even crying, Cortázar poetically creates surrealist humor while transforming mundane activities into particular, thought-provoking experiences.

The Instructions for Playing concert is scheduled to premiere on June 30, 2024, at Constellation (in person and live streamed), a celebrated venue in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood that is well known for its jazz and contemporary classical programming. We will also perform a version of the program for students at Southland College Prep in Mattson, Illinois, where Dylan is on faculty, and we are pitching the program to other venues and festivals for performance later in Summer and Fall 2024.

I am thrilled to perform this new program for Chicago audiences and students, to share an exciting experience that defies the expectations of a classical concert. Classical music today is living, evolving, and growing, and your support will help us share this innovative music here in our city.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $20
    Shout-out on social media and your name acknowledged in the concert program. ($20.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    Above, plus a music playlist curated by Rebecca and Dylan. ($50.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    Above, plus 1 complimentary ticket to the June 30 concert. ($85.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    Above, plus a recorded musical improvisation just for you. ($185.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Above, plus a private concert by the Hot Second duo performed for you and 4 friends at a Chicago location TBD. ($300.00 is tax deductible.)




Rebecca McDaniel

Make a Wave Artist

Rebecca McDaniel is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. Relying on music as a unifying force, Rebecca seeks to share curiosity and joy as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is …

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