Comical Classics in Chicago Sinfonietta's Laughter!
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Written between the World Wars in 1936, British composer Vaughan Williams' melodic plea for peace not only draws from the traditional mass, but also from a trio of powerful poems by Walt Whitman. This stirring cantata is set to be performed by the Masterworks Festival Chorus, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists under the baton of conductor Richard Bjella. The concert also features an appearance by conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope and the National Festival Chorus, who'll sing some of Stroope's own pieces, along with several hymns and traditionals. Learn More
Jacques Ibert: Divertissement
Michael Daugherty: Dead Elvis
Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur la Toit (The Ox on the Roof)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Think you can’t laugh at the symphony? Think again! In the Chicago Sinfonietta’s collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival, the theme of laughter is explored when guest conductor Michael Morgan delves into the humorous impulses of composers past and present, from the sublime to the absurd. Guest bassoonist Lewis Kirk adds to the merriment on Dead Elvis. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!