23 seasons ago, Maestro Paul Freeman embarked on a musical journey of diversity, culture and class.
Maestro Paul Freeman founded the Chicago Sinfonietta in 1987 as a response to the need of opportunity for young performance artists of diverse backgrounds. Having conducted in Grant Park prior, Maestro Freeman felt a surge of energy that compelled him to explore possibilities and open minds and hearts to music with a global participation.
A few weeks ago, I listened and watched intently as performers of many colors, shapes and sizes, sang, played instruments and danced across the stage of Orchestra Hall. Maestro Freeman introduced a young and promising conductor, Kazem Abdullah, who was simply brilliant.
The evening also inspired with performances that included Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane Opus 50, Four Negro Spirituals arranged by Hale Smith for Orchestra and Soprano, and the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. Our voices for the evening were Ms. Jonita Lattimore (soprano), Ms. Gwendolyn Brown (contralto), The Northwestern University Symphonic Choir, Richard Drews (tenor) and Bruce Hall (baritone).
Conductor Kazem Abdullah, currently with the Metropolitan Opera, lead Beethoven’s majestic Ninth Symphony, with its celebratory “Ode to Joy”, and again, was splendidly refreshing.
There are two shows left in the 2009-2010 season “The Music Never Ends”.
March 28th & 29th features Las Amèricas with Alondra de la Parra and cellist Tony Rymer.
May 16th & 17th is the Harlem Renaissance joining The Chicago Sinfonietta and the Harlem Quartet.
These evenings promise to dazzle and impress!
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