Chicago Sinfonietta Review- A Tribute to the Common Man

Last week the Chicago Sinfonietta performed a Symphony for the Common Man, featuring music by such greats as Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein, Antonin Dvorak and Michael Daugherty.

Paul Freeman Conducting

"The Chicago Sinfonietta enters its 24th season with a proud history of having enriched the cultural, educational, and social quality of life in Chicago, while gaining significant recognition on the national and international stage.  Committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness in classical music, the Sinfonietta performs at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Lund Auditorium of Dominican University, Wentz Auditorium at North Central College and the Harris Theater.  The Sinfonietta presents a full season of symphonic concerts as well as a Chamber Series...

Paul Freeman

Harvey Felder, Guest Conductor

under the guidance of founding Music Director Paul Freeman, the orchestra performs at the highest artistic level and has achieved an outstanding reputation for its innovative programs.  The Sinfonietta is dedicated to the authentic performance of Classical, Romantic and Contemporary repertoire and excels at presenting imaginative new works by composers and soloists of color" (Jonathan Abarbanel)

JASC Tsukasa Taiko

Japanese Drums

When one thinks of the common man, everyday blue collar workers come to mind. People who work in stores or in factories. People who work hard to make a living through an honest days work. The music from The Symphony for the Common Man did just that. Songs featured were all inspired by the sounds of the work place. The roaring of machines, the buzz of an assembly line, medal being welded, all of these sounds were conveyed through various instruments. Michael Daughtery's 3 pieces entitled Volcano, River Rouge and Assembly Line featured the sounds of drums, trumpets and cellos all as a backdrop to the single solo violin, played by Tai Murray.

Tai Murray

Following the same theme were pieces Fanfare for the Common Man (Copeland), Neue Slavische Tanze op. 72 no.7 in C Major (Dvorak), Sundowns Promise (Renee Baker) and On the Waterfront (Bernstein).

If this is the beginning, the Chicago Sinfonietta promises a great 2010-2011 season! Visit their calendar for performance listings.

Concert II: Day of the Dead

7:30 pm, Saturday, October 30, 2010
Harris Theater

Photos: Ken Carl

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