THE MACARTHUR AWARD-WINNING ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES AN INSPIRED CONCERT LINEUP FOR ITS 2019-2020 SEASON
The nation’s most diverse orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta
is proud to present a lineup of fresh and collaborative program-ming for its 2019-2020 season,
Dialogue. Each of the 5 concerts in the 2019-2020 series boasts an engaging, thematically-curated repertoire of pieces written by underrepresented composers, each encouraging a different conversation or call to action. Before the season begins, Chicago Sinfonietta will perform a live concert screening of Jordan Peele’s smash hit film Get Out,
conducted by score composer Michael Abels, at the Auditorium Theatre on Sat., September 21.
Chicago Sinfonietta’s season will offer two performances per concert with one at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., and the other at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville. Heavily rooted in the importance of inclusivity, the upcoming season will cross-pollinate with talent from other art forms and magnify its message “artistic conversations"
through the use of these creative partnerships. Sparking conversa-tion with timely motifs, each per-formance will ignite audiences to do more than just listen.
The series begins October 5 and 7, 2019, with the environmentally focused Forces + Fates, explo-ring the beauty and volatility of nature and the influence it has had on art throughout centuries. This concert will feature breath
taking works that highlight the earth at different stages including Felix Mendehlssohn’s The Hebrides which was composed in reaction to the awe inspiring nature of Fingal’s Cave in the British Isles, as well as Clarice Assad’s Nhanderu, influenced by the rainmaking rituals of the Amazonian Tupi-Guarani tribes.
Forces + Fates will also feature the world-premiere of a Chicago Sinfonietta commission entitled Earth Tryptic composed by Fernando Arroyo, Stephan Smith, and Michelle Issac.George
Walker’s Lyric for Strings, will precede the finale of the concert, a performance of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
that poses the question, “What happens next?” Audiences will be left in awe of the magnificent world around them and aware of just how much of an impact humans have on environment.
The 2019-2020 season marks the return of the wildly popular, sensory concert experience celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 9 and 11, aptly named Love + Light. The concert will feature many acclaimed guests including Conductor Sameer Patel, Assistant Conductor for the San Diego Symphony and a Project Inclusion Fellow Alumni. Audiences will be captivated as they experience the incorporat-ion of Indian dancers on Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite
featuring the Mandala Ensemble. Esteemed violinist Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam will perform an original concerto fusing Carnatic musical traditions of Southern India with Western Classical music in his Shanti-Priya Concerto for violin & orchestra.
Love + Light will honor the rich heritage and cornerstones of this autumnal holiday while portraying the message of light and beauty, as well as elements of mythology, in a stunning cross-cultural collaboration.
For 32 years, diversity, inclusion, and bold and dynamic programming have been at the center of Chicago Sinfonietta’s mission. In 2016, Chicago Sinfonietta
was one of just 14 organizations in the nation to receive the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – the “genius award” for nonprofit organizations. The Sinfonietta was also selected in 2016 by the Chicago Innovation Awards in recognition of its innovative approach to programming. Prior to that, Chicago Sinfonietta was named by ASCAP as the recipient of the 2011-12 Award for Adventurous Programming and in 2013 was dubbed, “the city’s hippest orchestra” by the Chicago Tribune, always embracing the daring programming that has been part of its history.
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