Chicago’s skyline is one of the world’s most majestic – when approaching the city from afar skyscrapers rise over the horizon, gracefully twisting together to form a skyline that is simply unmistakable. Chicago’s many incredible features have made it an ever-evolving muse to many artists throughout history – the tradition continues through a partnership between the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Architecture Foundation on June 8th and 9th, when the Chicago Sinfonietta presents City-Scapes and ChiScape, music inspired by Chicago and other great American cities.
The centerpiece of the City-Scapes program is the World Premiere of ChiScape, a salute to Chicago’s varied and incredible architecture. Distinguished composer, Jennifer Higdon, curates the four-movement work, each section inspired by a different iconic Chicago building, each movement written by a different composer. The result of this co-authored work is a grand piece as sonically diverse and breathtaking as the skyline it pays tribute to.
The composers and their architectural muses include:
Composer: Armando Bayolo
Architectural Muse: the Modern Wing of the Art Institute Chicago, designed by Renzo Piano
Composer: Vivian Fung, winner of the 2013 Juno® Award for “Classical Composition of the Year”
Architectural Muse: Aqua, designed by Jeanne Gang
Composer: Jonathan Holland
Architectural Muse: S. R. Crown Hall, designed by Ludwig Mies van de Rohe
Composer: Chris Rogerson
Architectural Muse: Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park, designed by Frank Gehry
Before each concert on the 8th and 9th, audiences are invited to join in on a moderated discussion with the composers. The pre-concert discussion at Wentz Concert Hall begins at 7 p.m. on stage and the discussion at Symphony Center begins at 1:45 p.m. in Grainger Hall.
The Chicago Sinfonietta presents City-Scapes in two performances at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville, Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. and at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 Ext. 2.
Learn more about The Chicago Sinfonietta and see their performance schedule for the rest of year on their website.
Ben Elkind is an Integrated Marketing Associate for Otherwise Incorporated.