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GREAT Chicago Jazz Event!

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  • malikfarrah
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2007
      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
      world-renowned venue.

      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."

      Ticket Information:
      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.

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