2014 – 2015 Season Kicks Off October 5!
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.
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.