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 premiere 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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