Civ­i­tas Ensem­ble Cel­e­brates the Chi­nese Year of the Ram

with Two World Premieres

Sun­day, March 15


Nichols Con­cert Hall

Eventbrite - Civitas Ensemble All-Chinese Program

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 Civ­i­taswhich 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.