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Chicago Sinfonietta opens 25th Anniversary Season at the Wentz

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The Chicago Sinfonietta’s 25th Anniversary Season opening concert, Performance. Art., features a unique collaboration with the Brooklyn-based, chamber ensemble PROJECT Trio. It will be performed at the Wentz Concert Hall on Sat., September 29 at 8PM.

PROJECT Trio blends classical training with several music styles, including jazz, hip-hop and rock. Their passion, high-energy and versatility make an impression on a wide array of audiences.

“PROJECT Trio combines flute, cello and bass to achieve musical colors that you would never have thought possible,” said Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen.  “Not only do they bring a distinct sound, they also bring a lot of movement to the stage – so much energy!  It will be very fun to have them join the Sinfonietta for our Silver Anniversary season opener, and I’m so glad we can share the talents of this incredible group with our Chicago and Naperville audiences.”

Chen opens the concert with a distinctive variation on Johannes Brahms’ one-movement work Hungarian Dance No. 5.  The program continues with three exceptional performances by PROJECT Trio both with the orchestra and on their own, including Fast and Random Roads – two works composed by its own members – and an unusual take on J. S. Bach’s Bourrée from Suite in E Minor for Lute.

The first movement of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s rhythmically vigorous Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! continues the second half of the program, featuring Eric Goldberg and Shuya Gong, winners of the CSO Young Artist Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012, on marimba and other percussion instruments.

The concert culminates with Igor Stravinsky’s regal and soaring Firebird Suite.

Next Up at Wentz Concert Hall:

Día de los Muertos at 8:00PM, Friday, Nov. 2;

Annual Tribute to MLK at 3PM, Sunday, Jan. 20;

Arab Spring at 8PM, Saturday, April 20;

City-Scapes at 8PM, Saturday, June 8

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at (312) 236-3681 ext. 2 or online at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.  The Wentz Concert Hall is located on the campus of North Central College in Naperville.

Photos courtesy of Don Macica and Deb Newman

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