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The Chicago Sinfonietta needs you and your cell phone, Monday, October 2 at Orchestra Hall at 7:30 PM. It's for the world premier of David Baker's Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra.
Do hurry because tickets are selling very quickly. The same program will be presented at Dominican University, 7300 W. Division in River Forest
on Sunday, October 1 at 2:30 PM. (See photo of composer David Baker at left.) Call 312.236.3681, extension 2 for tickets.
Orchestra Hall and Dominican University are the two permanent performance halls for the orchestra.
Yes, there are other offerings on the program including Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major.
The Chicago Sinfonietta is celebrating its' 20th anniversary this year and its' mission, "Musical Excellence through Diversity" captivated my attention right away. The innovative programming includes, classical, romantic and contemporary offerings and the artistry is of the highest professional quality. That's no doubt why they're the official orchestra of The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. The diversity of the group is reflective of the very rich cultural landscape Chicago offers.
Mark your calendar right now with the dates: Nov.7; Jan. 15; March 19; June 4. All these performances will be at Orchestra Hall at 7:30PM; duplicates at Dominican University ...check website below for other presentations and complete orchestra schedule.
Access Chicago Sinfonietta's excellent website http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org and you'll learn much more. Featured artists may be as prominent as Poi Dog Pondering and Rachel Barton Pine or lesser known talented musicians you've yet to encounter.
Their education and outreach after-school program, for '06 and '07 is available at no cost to participating schools and is aimed at 3rd through 8th graders. There are additional educational programs as well, such as Audience Matters and SEED, among others. Call Erika Walton at 312.236.3681, extension 1552 for all kinds of info.
If you're looking for musicians for a special event, large or small, a corporate gathering or an intimate wedding, Chicago Sinfonietta can assist. They'll help with program and instrument choice too. Roughly speaking, costs are from $150 to $300 per musician per hour. I love this idea, having found a harpist for my sister-in-law's home wedding many years ago. Call Erika for this too.
The Sinfonietta is always looking for volunteers for the variety of such opportunities it offers throughout the year. For each three hour volunteer stint you will be given one free concert ticket!
Chicago Sinfonietta, 312.236.3681.