Civitas Ensemble Celebrates the Chinese Year of the Ram
with Two World Premieres
Sunday, March 15
Nichols Concert Hall
Join us on March 15 as Civitas Ensemble celebrates the Chinese Year of the Ram with an entire program of music by Chinese composers at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
The 3 pm concert will begin with the world première of renowned Pulitzer Prize winning composer Zhou Long’s Five Elements with Five Movements, commissioned by the Chinese Fine Arts Society and written for Civitas, which accentuates the harmonious union of East and West. The program will close with a second world première — Emanations of Tara – which was written for Civitas and Pipa, the traditional Chinese instrument, by Yao Chen and supported with an award from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. This performance will be accompanied by an experimental non-narrative documentary on Tara, a Tibetan goddess, which offers reflections on the cycles of life.
This special program is co-presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Please join us. Program:
Five Elements with Five Movements Zhou Long (World Première)
To the Four Corners Huang Ruo
Roundabouts Anthony Cheung
Emanations of Tara Yao Chen (World Première)
directed by Fen Lin
Guest artists joining Civitas members for the afternoon are Cheng-Hou Lee, cello, Eugenia Moliner, flute, Weijing Wang, viola, Yang Wei, pipa, Vadim Karpinos, percussion.
Tickets are $30. Student tickets are offered at no charge, but reservations are required.
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.