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Augusta Read Thomas
Photo © by Michael Lutch

Roshanne Etezady

We open our series with the theme of “Cel­e­bra­tions.”  Hon­or­ing the 50th birth­day of our dear friend Augusta Read Thomas, we fea­ture her won­der­ful trio, Danc­ing Helix Rit­u­als.  To cel­e­brate Richard Strauss’ 150th birth­day, we are delighted to show­case Franz Hasenoehrl’s cham­ber arrange­ment of Strauss’ tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.  We also will present the musi­cal “power cou­ple,” com­poser Roshanne Etezady and her hus­band, the fan­tas­tic sax­o­phon­ist Tim McAl­lis­ter.  Come early and join us for Augusta’s pre-concert talk at 2pm and stay for the post-concert recep­tion in Fore­man Hall.

Eventbrite - Civitas Ensemble presents "Celebrations!"


Civ­i­tas is a non­profit per­form­ing arts group that is com­prised of mem­bers of the Chicago Sym­phony Orches­tra. The goals of Civ­i­tas are to pro­vide clas­si­cal cham­ber music at the high­est pos­si­ble level to peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about live music, to present edu­ca­tional pro­grams to young audi­ences, and also to bring music to those who would have lim­ited access to the heal­ing power of live clas­si­cal music. Civ­i­tas strives to achieve these goals through cre­ative pro­gram­ming which includes work­ing with other non­profit orga­ni­za­tions, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other artists and visual arts, and pre­sent­ing new compositions.