This Sunday the windy city of Chicago will welcome the Marcus Roberts Trio and our own Chicago Philharmonic to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park for a festive and jazzy concert called, Holidays!
Coleridge-Taylor’s settings of classic carols and Tchaikovsky’s traditional and elegant Christmas waltz lead into a Nutcracker with a difference — Duke Ellington’s 1960 jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score will have the whole family dancing in the aisles! Then the “fearless” (Chicago Tribune) Marcus Robert’s Trio will bring their unique classical, jazz, and witty improvisations to Gershwin’s Concerto in F, the beloved ode to “the young enthusiastic spirit of American life.”
Young, and young-at-heart, will revel in the holiday spirit!
Edward Kelsey Moore will perform with his Philharmonic colleagues in this concert.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ~ Christmas Overture
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. A. Gauk ~ December from The Seasons
Duke Ellington/ Billy Strayhorn ~ The Nutcracker Suite
George Gershwin ~ Concerto in F
Chicago Philharmonic ~ Marcus Roberts Trio ~ Holidays!
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park
205 East Randolph ~ Chicago, Illinois
This Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3pm, Edward and his colleagues from the Chicago Philharmonic will present a concert titled Reunion: Beethoven 3, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois. The upcoming 250th birthday of Beethoven means an anniversary concert not to be missed! Celebrate with the Philharmonic on this special occasion with Beethoven's exquisite Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), revolutionary for its time as the first composition in what became the Romantic movement in classical music.
Chicago Philharmonic ~ Reunion: Beethoven 3
Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 3pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Boulevard ~ Skokie, IL 60077
Free, convenient parking!
With the darkening days, and with winter weather arriving very early this year the pleasure of something bright and unusual would be welcome. Chicago Sinfonietta presents its second annual Diwali concert, Love+Light, amplified this year by themes of musical mythology, familiar traditions and of course, magical color! Listen as cultures combine through Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and a reimagined performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919) featuring original choreography by Mandala Arts dance ensemble. Experience the virtuosic stylings of renowned guest violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam, and hear the Carnatic musical traditions of southern India fuse with Western classical music! Love+Light also marks another triumphant return — that of guest conductor Sameer Patel, a Sinfonietta Freeman Conducting Fellow alumni.
Plus, celebrate the vibrant Diwali holiday pre-show and during the intermission by sampling unique flavors with Somrus Liqueurs, learn a new dance style with artists from Mandala Arts, explore the art and musical instruments of India, and then capture memories with FOTIO!
What is Diwali?
Diwali is a five-day “festival of lights” celebrated by Indian communities around the world. It celebrates light conquering dark, and good conquering evil. Indians clean their homes and wear their best clothes for Diwali. They also leave their windows open to allow the spirits of their gods to enter. In order to prevent any darkness, every home is lit with diyas. In fact, “Diwali” translates to “rows of lighted lamps.” more info…
Edward Kelsey Moore will be among his Sinfonietta colleagues in these concerts.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00pm
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604
As the Midwest weather shifts to colder and wetter, authors Edward Kelsey Moore and Melanie Benjamin, co-hosts of the podcast Who The Hell Are We? (WTHAW), discuss gathering around the fire for Storytelling, also an episode entirely about the famous and controversial Gone With The Wind, and the heartwarming topic of iconic Houses which figure prominently in books and other entertainment media. Snuggle up and listen in on Edward and Melanie... whenever you want!
The most recent episode of the WTHAW podcast is titled: Houses in Literature, Movies, and TV, and features the authors talking about their ideal dream houses (who would expect that Ed wants to live in the Addams Family mansion?) and memorable houses from several favorite books. Melanie and Ed have a good laugh over looking at “real estate porn” and later they speculate on why people who are happily settled still imagine themselves living someplace else… Along with a charming story or two about their own experiences with houses and real estate.
Other recent podcast episodes were: Storytelling, and We Need To Talk About "Gone With The Wind". In the first of these Edward and Mel explore their own process as writers with storytelling, and how a book can sometimes lose its narrative momentum. A couple of books are mentioned that have unusual storytelling structures — and some novels, like Gone With The Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird, which involve major social issues (like racism). The storytelling topic was an inspiration to our authors, they followed it with a separate Gone With The Wind episode to discuss that book and film at length.
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