Four composers and four iconic Chicago buildings come together in one world premiere concert—CityScapes—presented by the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Architecture Foundation at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.
Curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, the composers and their architectural muses include: Armando Bayolo (the Modern Wing of the Art Institute Chicago designed by Renzo Piano); Juno® Award-winner Vivian Fung (the Aqua building designed by Jeanne Gang); Jonathan Holland (S. R. Crown Hall designed by Ludwig Mies van de Rohe); and Chris Rogerson (Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park designed by Frank Gehry).
The CityScapes program also includes urban- and architecture-themed works Harlem by Duke Ellington, Tales from the Vienna Wood by Johann Strauss, Jennifer Higdon’s river sings a song to trees; and Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango.
Conducted by Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, the Chicago Sinfonietta’s 25th Season closer concert takes place at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center on 220 S. Michigan Avenue. The concert will also be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville. For tickets and more information, visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
Other upcoming concerts include:
Russian-born/Chicago-based cellist Ian Maksin will join Las Guitarras de Espana and flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard for an evening of flamenco, world music, Spanish folk and classical music at City Winery on Friday, June 21. To purchase tickets, call 312-733-9463 or visit www.citywinery.com.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago will partner with The Field Museum to present Divina Natura, a light and sound installation created by internationally-renowned artist Marco Nereo Rotelli and performed one-night only on June 24 at 9:30 p.m. The event is open air, and free for the public to view from the lawn to the north of the museum.
Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem, The Divine Comedy, Rotelli will transform the façade of the Field Museum into an illuminated manuscript as part of the Year of Italian Culture, a nationally-declared initiative to celebrate Italy’s immense cultural legacy in the arts and sciences in America.
The Euclid Quartet is scheduled to perform works off of its latest album Bartok String Quartets at Chicago’s St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street, on Tuesday, July 9 at 5:15 p.m. as part of the live WFMT Radio Rush Hour concert/broadcast. Admission is free. For more information about the quartet, visit www.euclidquartet.com.