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May 14, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Monday
One of the most diverse classical music organizations in the nation, Chicago Sinfonietta, is closing their 30th anniversary season with Praise + Punk in a smashing ‘battle of the bands' against Mucca Pazza, an absurdist marching band.
With romance to spirituality and passion to battle, emotions will run high from start to finish in Chicago Sinfonietta’s concert mashup that puts gospel music, classical selections and a nonconformist marching band into one epic program. The Praise + Punk program includes guest artists Melissa White (violin), Ifetayo Ali (cello), and a stellar program that includes Eugene Butler (How Excellent is Thy Name), Camille Saint-Saëns (La Muse et le Poète), Mucca Pazza member Andy Deitrich (War of Amusements), Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet Suite) and other various artists (Gospels, Ending of all Endings) to round out this not-to-be-missed concert experience, featuring a rarely performed ending to the Romeo and Juliet Suite.
“May 14 not only closes an incredible season of music and exploration, but this concert summarizes what Chicago Sinfonietta aims to do - provide memorable music from various genres, push the boundaries of how classical music is perceived, introduce amazing artists both known and unknown, collaborate with artists from different genres, and invite the audience to join us in experiencing the fun and joy of music,” said Musical Director Maestro Mei-Ann Chen. “Our first encounter was so popular, that we had to invite Mucca Pazza back for a rematch. Collaborating with Sinfonietta’s long-time collaborator, the Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir, was literally a life-changing experience as it was my first experience performing gospel music. Come and let the Chicago Sinfonietta touch your heart in ways that are often unexpected yet extraordinary!”
“We are delighted to once again take up the gauntlet thro
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