Alla Zingarese / Western classical meets Romani musical traditions.

‍The Alla Zingarese project is a fusion of Western classical music and gypsy music, an exploration of what happens when distinct cultural and musical traditions join together. It was inspired by a 25-year friendship between two violinists — YuanQing Yu from Shanghai and Pavel Šporcl from the Czech Republic — as well as by the shared desire of their groups, Chicago’s Civitas Ensemble and the Czech Republic’s Gipsy Way Ensemble, to connect people and music across ages and oceans.


“This is an experiment in musical merger that is as delightful as it is bold.”

“This collaboration is engaging and energizing: musicians remaining absolutely true to their respective traditions and cultures of origin, approaching old favorites and new compositions with curiosity and aplomb to spare.”


Yuan-Qing Yu – Violin
Kenneth Olsen
– Cello How we help

J. Lawrie Bloom – Clarinet
Winston Choi
– PianoHow we help

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Steve Rodby – Producer
James Ginsburg
– Producer
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Bill Maylone – Engineer
Stephan Tran,
– Graphic Design
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About thE recording

Alla Zingarese (“in the Gypsy style”) embraces the past with new arrangements of well-loved, Gypsy-infused works by Brahms, Enescu, Hubay, and Sarasate, while celebrating the present with new music by noted Czech composer Lukáš Sommer, written for the combined forces of Civitas’s violin, clarinet, cello, and piano and Gipsy Way’s violin, viola, string bass, and cymbalom (hammered dulcimer), plus a Sommer piece dedicated exclusively to Civitas.

All the arrangements and Sommer’s two original compositions are world-premiere recordings. Highlights include Šporcl’s new version of his own Gipsy Fire, the title track from an earlier, best-selling Gipsy Way album.The Civitas Ensemble, an enterprising chamber group founded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, teams up with Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl and his wildly popular Gipsy Way Ensemble for a groundbreaking collaboration at the crossroads of Western classical and Romani musical traditions. Alla Zingarese marks the Civitas Ensemble’s recording debut and the Cedille label debut for Gipsy Way. Years in the planning, the project is the outgrowth of the enduring friendship between Šporcl and Civitas violinist Yuan-Qing Yu dating back to their student days. Civitas and Gipsy Way recorded the album after premiering the program at packed concert halls in Prague and Chicago. The Chicago Tribune found it “unique” and “exhilarating.” Chicago on the Aisle called it “a trip through musical history . . . and a venture into new musical territory with surprises aplenty.”How we help

CD Program

Zoltán Kodály – Duo for violin and cello
Ferenc Farkas – Ricordanze clarinet, violin, viola, cello
Ernő Dohnanyi – Sextet clarinet, french horn, violin, viola, cello, and pianoHow we help

jin yin's relevance to our work

Zoltán Kodály’s duo for violin and cello is a masterpiece that showcases the two instruments in their most glorious forms, as the ultimate virtuosos and as communicators of folk musical language. The freedom and energy that flows through the entire piece is irresistible.How we help

A dominant figure in Hungarian music, Dohnanyi is regarded as the most versatile musician to emerge from that country since Franz Liszt. His compositional style is a delicious mix of Richard Strauss’s tone poems and Sergei Rachmaninov’s symphonies. This sextet was his last large scale chamber music, in which we are featuring two amazing guest artists, CSO (horn) Oto Carrillo and (viola) WeiTing Kuo.How we help

DePaul’s new performance venues have caught the attention of many performers and ensembles, and being in a university setting gives us greater access to students thus further our mission on education. This is a great way to kick off the 2019-2020 season.How we help

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