Hello! Wanted to let everyone know of a great event taking place in
Chicago on September 16 and 17!
The Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation's most diverse symphony
orchestra, proudly marks the start of its 21st season in tribute to
the great Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. The Sinfonietta, joined
for the first time ever with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, under the
Artistic Direction of Jon Faddis, will fuse a popular selection of
Classical and Jazz works in exploration of the great man's work.
These landmark concerts will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2007
at 2:30 p.m. at Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 W.
Division in River Forest, and Monday, September 17, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue in
The Sinfonietta will begin its first concert of the 2007-08 season
with selections from Edvard Grieg's dramatic Peer Gynt Suite. Grieg
wrote the incidental music for Henrik Ibsen's poetic drama Peer Gynt
in 1876 and arranged the suite for full orchestra in 1888. Peer Gynt
Suite has become one of Grieg's best-known works and can be heard in
popular movies, television shows and even advertisements. The
Chicago Jazz Ensemble will then perform selections from Duke
Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's delightful 1960 adaptation of Peer
Gynt Suite. This collaborative effort will give patrons a comparative
taste of Classical and Jazz as musicians, both symphonic and jazz,
bounce between the two works.
Also on the bill, Sinfonietta timpanist Robert Everson will present
Russell Peck's Harmonic Rhythm: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra in
a performance of brilliant sticking and a kaleidoscope of rhythmic
and harmonic sounds. The writing of this concerto, which premiered in
2000, was inspired by the largest commissioning consortium (39
orchestras) in music history to date. Influenced by percussion
techniques found in jazz and rock music, Harmonic Rhythm is an
unforgettable work. To conclude the concert, the Chicago
Sinfonietta, together with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, will perform
Duke Ellington's symphonic work for jazz ensemble and orchestra,
Harlem. This bluesy, upbeat masterpiece was originally scored for his
annual jazz concert series at New York's Carnegie Hall, making
Ellington the first African American to conduct a jazz concert at the
Chicago Sinfonietta Executive Director, Jim Hirsch comments, "The
Chicago Sinfonietta is ready to embark on its 21st year of genre-
busting repertoire selections and unique partnerships.
"For the first time, the Orchestra will join forces with the
renowned Chicago Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Faddis,
supporting our mission to expand the classical music audience by
mixing a Classical repertoire with bold contemporary works." Hirsch
continues, "Celebrating an extremely successful 20th Anniversary
season with record-breaking ticket sales, we look forward to
providing both new and returning audiences with the Sinfonietta's
brand of innovative symphonic-based experiences."
Tickets range from $26-$96 for concerts at Orchestra Hall and $26-$40
for concerts at Lund Auditorium at Dominican University. Special
pricing for children, students and groups are available. For
tickets, call 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or visit
The mission of the Chicago Sinfonietta is to serve as a national
model for inclusiveness and innovation in classical music through the
presentation of the highest quality orchestral concerts and related
programs. The Chicago Sinfonietta aspires to remove the barriers to
participation in, and appreciation of, classical music through its
educational and outreach programs that expose children and their
families to classical music, and by providing professional
development opportunities for young musicians and composers of
diverse backgrounds enabling new, important voices to be heard.