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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