Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chicago Sinfonietta: Daring, Defiant and Different

by Jeff Reiter, Senior Manager of Communications

The “orchestra like no other” will perform under the stars at Cantigny Park on August 9

Since its beginning in 1987, the mid-sized Chicago Sinfonietta has maintained a decidedly different vision of what an orchestra could and should be. Maestro Paul Freeman, an accomplished African American conductor, felt that orchestras should reflect the people and the values of the communities they serve. Maestro Mei-Ann Chen succeeded Freeman in 2011 and carries on this ideal with great passion. Today’s Chicago Woman this month named Chen among its “100 Women of Inspiration.”



The Sinfonietta is truly innovative, specializing in daring, one-of-a-kind performances. It promotes diversity, inclusion and innovative programming—values that we wholly embrace at Cantigny Park and throughout the McCormick Foundation.

Cantigny Park in Wheaton, the former estate of Robert R. McCormick, is pleased to welcome Chicago Sinfonietta on Saturday evening, August 9. The “Ravinia style” concert marks the Sinfonietta’s first visit to Cantigny and the orchestra’s first outdoor performance in the western suburbs.

The Cantigny concert, previewing of the Sinfonietta’s 2014-15 season, will include pioneering African American composer, Florence Price’s composition of, “Dances in the Canebreaks.” Patrons will also be treated to a selection of romantic suites from Ravel’s beloved “Carmen” and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ spirited “English Folk Song Suite.” The evening concludes with Antonín Dvořák’s lyrical and folk melody inspired “Symphony No. 8.”

Click here to learn more about this special performance and to purchase tickets.

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