Wake up, Naperville! Wake up, Chicago! This lengthy, cold and exhausting winter is almost over and the Chicago Sinfonietta prepared for us another big and unforgettable present.
The Chicago Sinfonietta will perform in Naperville on Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College and in Chicago on Monday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center.
This is an awakening project that will help us to finally go back to normal life and inhale the fresh and warm air of spring while enjoying fantastic and unusual music. This time, get ready for a Global Dance Party presented by the Chicago Sinfonietta. It is a unique concert featuring Bhangra-inspired DJ Rekha and Dave Sharma performing alongside her on traditional Indian percussion instruments.
Also, get ready to meet two of the nation’s top young conductors: Alexandra Arrieche and Joseph Young. They will be sharing the podium to lead the orchestra in the electronic works, along with music from their Brazilian and African-American heritages. This Global Dance Party, even its name, totally fit our era of globalization. It demonstrates that music can erase differences between people and nations and can also teach us to appreciate diversity and uniqueness of various musical roots and nature.
Convergence of different cultures and backgrounds is presented by convergence of symphonic and electronic music. Such a nice blend deserves our attention. Especially, because there will be only two performances. As it is noted in the Chicago Sinfonietta’s press release, “These concerts take a fresh, whimsical approach to disparate musical corners of the globe”. The audience will be able to witness how those disparate musical corners dissolve and turn into a seething ball that combines all possible musical styles and sounds.
The event will start with South-American music conducted by the Brazilian-born conductor Alexandra Arrieche. The first piece, Piazzolla: Fuga y Misterio, with its canon style and nostalgic notes, will create that special mood that will warm up the audience and help it get into a musical adventure.
The second piece conducted by Alexandra Arrieche will be Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 written by Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of the most famous Brazilian composers of the 20th century. This is a serious piece that can present a lot of joy to the attentive listeners. Just sit back, close your eyes and dissolve in this thoughtful music. However, get ready because it will get more and more energetic and volcanic which will prepare you for the next part of the concert.
And here, on waves of sound, the audience will fly from Brazil to India, which will be presented by a blend of electronic and symphonic music. Rhythm and energy of the piece called Pyar Baile will melt the snow outside of the concert hall, while Dave Sharma, the percussionist, will be showing his skills on traditional Indian instruments such as the bhangra dhol, dholak, tabla, and udu.
The Sinfonietta will add some spice with a new orchestra arrangement to complement the original electronic sounds by Sam Shoup. I’ll stop short of spoiling all the secrets of this fantastic event, but personally, I don’t think the audience will be able to just sit and listen during Rekha’s Dance Party. People will feel the need to get up and dance!
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If you go
Performances will be held on March 22 at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College and March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center.
For ticket information, call 312-236-3681 or go to www.chicagosinfonietta.org