Ensemble to have a Czech theme for the year and collaborate with group from the Czech Republic

Civ­i­tas is pleased to announce its pro­gram line-up for its 2016 – 2017 sea­son! This year, the ensem­ble will explore music from the Czech Repub­lic dur­ing its self-pre­sent­ed con­certs, per­form new works in a vari­ety of venues, and con­tin­ue as Ensem­ble-in-Res­i­dence at Val­paraiso Uni­ver­si­ty.

One of the most inno­v­a­tive projects of Civ­i­tas’ upcom­ing sea­son will be a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pavel Špor­cl and the Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble, a group from the Czech Repub­lic that spe­cial­izes in per­form­ing music from the Romani tra­di­tion. Civ­i­tas will trav­el to Prague in Jan­u­ary 2017 to per­form with the Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble, in a pro­gram that con­sists arrange­ments made from exist­ing reper­toire and orig­i­nal works com­posed for the two groups. The Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble will then join Civ­i­tas Ensem­ble in Chica­go in May of 2017 for its Spring Con­cert. Fund­ed by a grant from the MacArthur Foun­da­tion, the project’s goal is to rec­og­nize and raise aware­ness of the Romani her­itage, and to intro­duce Chicagoans to Romani musi­cal tra­di­tions.

 

Civ­i­tas’ 2016 – 2017 Sea­son:

Octo­ber 7, 2016, 12pm
Ear Taxi Fes­ti­val
PianoForte Stu­dios, 1335 S Michi­gan Ave.
Per­form­ing excerpts from Augus­ta Read Thomas’ new piano trio Klee Mus­ings.

Octo­ber 8, 2016, 12pm
Ear Taxi Fes­ti­val
Chica­go Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, 78 E. Wash­ing­ton St.
Per­form­ing a world pre­mière by David Clay Met­tens (born in 1990), a PhD can­di­date at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go.

Octo­ber 9, 2016, 2pm
Val­paraiso Res­i­den­cy Per­for­mance
Due­sen­berg Recital Hall, Val­paraiso Uni­ver­si­ty
Pro­gram fea­tur­ing works of Bohuslav Mar­t­inu, David Clay Met­tens, and Zdenek Fibich.

Octo­ber 16, 2016, 3pm
Sea­son Open­er
Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michi­gan, 7th Floor
To sup­port the project with the Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble from the Czech Repub­lic lat­er in the sea­son, Civ­i­tas Ensemble’s sea­son open­er will fea­ture works of Czech com­posers, includ­ing Bohuslav Mar­t­inu Quar­tet, H. 315, Zdenek Fibich’s (1850−1900) Quin­tet Op. 42 for vio­lin, cel­lo, clar­inet, French horn, and piano and Leos Janacek’s String Quar­tet #1, “Kreutzer Sonata.”

Jan­u­ary 4, 2017, 7:30PM
Czech Touch­es of Music Inter­na­tion­al Music Fes­ti­val
Church of St. Simon and Juda, Prague, Czech Repub­lic
The first per­for­mance of Civ­i­tas’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pavel Špor­cl and the Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble, this con­cert will fea­ture new arrange­ments from exist­ing reper­toire, as well as orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions to show­case music from the Romani Her­itage.

Pro­gram to include:

Johannes Brahms (1833−1897): Ungar­ishe dance
Mau­rice Rav­el (1875−1937): Tzi­gane
Pablo de Sarasate (1844−1908): Zige­uner­weisen
Mod­er­a­to – Lento – Un poco più lento — Alle­gro
Johannes Brahms: Ron­do alla Zin­garese
Lukáš Som­mer (*1984): Giosy odyssea
Pavel Špor­cl (*1973):Gypsy Fire

Feb­ru­ary 26, 2017, 3pm
Win­ter Con­cert
Mer­it School of Music, 38 S. Peo­ria St.
An all-Amer­i­can con­cert fea­tur­ing Chica­go com­pos­er Sta­cy Garrop’s piece “Lit­tle Bits”; Peter Schickele’s Quar­tet for clar­inet, vio­lin, cel­lo and piano; Bernard Herrmann’s “Sou­venirs de Voy­age”; and Aaron Copland’s “Sex­tet.”

Feb­ru­ary 27, 2016, 6pm
Val­paraiso Res­i­den­cy Per­for­mance
Due­sen­berg Recital Hall, Val­paraiso Uni­ver­si­ty
Per­form­ing Feb­ru­ary 26th’s All-Amer­i­can pro­gram for Val­paraiso stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ty.

April 9, 2017, 2pm
Chica­go Sym­pho­ny Orchestra’s Cham­ber at the AIC Series
Fuller­ton Hall, Art Insti­tute of Chica­go, 111 S. Michi­gan Ave.
Per­form­ing a pro­gram of all-Latin music, includ­ing works by two con­tem­po­rary Argen­tin­ian com­posers: Osval­do Goli­jov (born in 1960) and Astor Piaz­zol­la (born 1921).

May 21, 2017, 3pm
Spring Con­cert
Mer­it School of Music, 38 S. Peo­ria St.
The cul­mi­na­tion of Civ­i­tas’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pavel Špor­cl and the Gip­sy Way Ensem­ble, this con­cert will cel­e­brate Romani musi­cal tra­di­tions.

 

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