Chicago Sinfonietta opens 30th season with two World Premieres in TRADEMARK, Sept. 16 & 18

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CHICAGO SINFONIETTA OPENS 30th SEASON WITH A BANG OF CARIBBEAN SOUNDS, Contemporary dance AND two world premieres IN TRADEMARK

 

Featuring Northern Illinois University Steelband and

Chicago’s Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

 

Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, September 16

Symphony Center, Chicago, September 18

 

August 21, 2017(Chicago, IL) – Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra, kicks off its 30th anniversary with Trademark showcasing unusual instruments, collaborations, and classical reinterpretations – a trademark of the orchestra’s programming for three decades. This unexpected and adventurous concert experience will include guest performances from the 16-piece Northern Illinois University Steelband led by Liam Teague and Chicago’s own Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre plus two World Premieres as part of the orchestra’s year-long initiative Project W: Commissions by Women Composers. The Sinfonietta performs Trademark twice: first in the western suburbs at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville, Saturday, September 16 at 8 pm, and then again in its downtown Chicago home venue of Symphony Center, Monday, September 18 at 7:30 pm.

 

The concert begins with the World Premiere of emerging composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances and continues with one of Mozart’s best-known works Rondo alla Turca reinvented by the Northern Illinois University Steelband who then joins Sinfonietta’s principal harpist Faye Seeman on her original solo composition Fayed to Blue before switching to the Caribbean sounds of Lord Kitchener’s upbeat Pan in A-minor. The second half opens with the World Premiere of Grammy Award-nominated composer Clarice Assad’s Sin Fronteras, meaning “without borders”, featuring Chicago’s Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre performing a new piece of choreography also commissioned by the orchestra, and concludes with Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic poem Má vlast.

 

“As Chicago Sinfonietta approaches an important milestone in its history, our programming continues to reflect a pioneering and innovative spirit more than ever, especially through the dedication to showcasing unusual instruments, and our unprecedented commitment to featuring brand new commissions by diverse, prominent women composers,” stated Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. “Making the commissions known through the 2019 release of our 16th commercial recording produced with our wonderful partner, Cedille Records, will help this unique organization advance its mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion while showcasing the incredible talent of women composers in America.”

Before the concert and during intermission, audience members will have the opportunity to learn to play the steel drum and harp with students from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Steel Orchestras and The People’s Music School. Archival photos, artifacts, and more from Chicago Sinfonietta’s 30-year history will be on display for patrons to view as well.

 

Prior to the concert, Chicago Sinfonietta’s Associate Board will host its annual fundraising event, Prelude: Start with a Bang!, to celebrate the start of the 30th Anniversary season. A selection from Chicago’s Crafthouse® cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served while attendees take part in a silent auction and raffle, as well as other interactive activities inspired by the Northern Illinois University Steelband. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center. Tickets are priced at $50 for the reception only and $95 for the reception and a concert ticket to Trademark. Early bird tickets are also available through August 30 at $40 for the reception and $85 for reception and concert. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 312-284-1554 or online at chicagosinfonietta.org/prelude.

 

Trademark is sponsored in part by ITW.

 

 

Title:                 Chicago Sinfonietta presents Trademark

 

Dates:               Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College

Monday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center

 

Tickets:            Tickets range from $20-$99 for concerts at Symphony Center and $49-$62 for concerts at North Central College with special $10 pricing available for students at both concerts. Tickets can be purchased by calling Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-284-1554 or online at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

 

Program:     

 

MONTGOMERY Coincident Dances
MOZART Rondo alla Turca
SEEMAN Fayed to Blue
KITCHENER Pan in A-minor
ASSAD Sin Fronteras
SMETANA Má vlast (My Homeland)

I. Vyšehrad (The High Castle)
II. Vltava (The Moldau)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mei-Ann Chen, music director and conductor

Faye Seeman, harp

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre 

Northern Illinois University Steelband, steel drum ensemble directed by Liam Teague

 

 

About the Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to its season sponsors including Aon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Indigo and NBC5. Chicago Sinfonietta also thanks its BRIDGE Audience Engagement sponsor Macy’s, as well as its season media sponsors including Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, Naperville magazine, and WBEZ.

 

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