Authors Edward Kelsey Moore and Melanie Benjamin are keeping their wits about them during the pandemic by getting together (online) for wide ranging conversations several times a week — and you can listen in! Who the Hell Are We? is an ongoing, free podcast hosted by these two bestselling authors, who have a lot to say about their lives and also a few things to say about books that they are reading.
Mel and Ed have shared two special “Shelter In Place” episodes this week, with more to come in the days ahead! Some of the recent ideas discussed have been: Re-dicovering crafts (remember crafts?) that amused and entertained Edward in the past, and Melanie can’t stop herself from enjoying word puzzles. Also movies and books that are lifting their spirits. And, of course, America’s most pressing concern… toilet paper!
Note to parents that there can be an occasional cussword in some recent episodes — these are challenging times!
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The Chicago Sinfonietta will present Sight + Sound, A Sonic Art Exhibition, on March 7th & 9th, 2020 in Naperville, IL and Chicago, IL.
Take an introspective journey through the world of visual art, with music as your guide! Sight + Sound features a World Premiere commission from composer Courtney Bryan created for “fearless violinist” and special guest performer, Jennifer Koh. This work, Syzygy, celebrates artists Frida Kahlo, Maya Lin, and Alma Thomas and their cultural contributions to society.
From the concert-opening work, Finding Rothko, to Bryan's Syzygy, to Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, this performance will meld symphonic color with tributes to some of the world’s most groundbreaking artists in a visceral celebration of the senses. The program closes with Pictures at an Exhibition: a grand and majestic finale rivaled only by the works of art it describes!
“[A] fearless violinist” –The New York Times
“A powerhouse soloist” – The Washington Post
"Other star violinists play concerts largely devoted to music by dead, white European composers. Jennifer Koh tackles ambitious contemporary projects designed to connect performers, audiences and living composers in mutually beneficial ways." - Chicago Tribune
Edward Kelsey Moore will perform among his Sinfonietta colleagues for these concerts.
Sight + Sound
A Sonic Art Exhibition
Saturday, March 7, 2020—8:00pm
WENTZ CONCERT HALL
171 E. Chicago Ave. ~ Naperville, IL
Monday, March 9, 2020—7:30pm
220 S. Michigan Ave. ~ Chicago, IL
The Chicago Sinfonietta was founded in 1987 to address the need for diversity in orchestras and the lack of inclusive connection between classical musicians and the vibrant, nuanced communities where they live and perform. Chicago Sinfonietta has made it their mission to represent the city of Chicago, reflecting the city’s diversity on stage and in Sinfonietta’s programming choices — making classical music accessible and enjoyable to everyone. The orchestra's thirty two years have been highlighted by six European tours, two Kennedy Center performances, three Millennium Park concerts (attended by over 19,000 people), and sixteen vinyl LP, CD and digital recordings. The Chicago Sinfonietta has been a recipient of the prestigious $625,000 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Chicago Opera Theater (C.O.T.) will present the world premiere performances of Dan Shore’s provocative Freedom Ride at the restored, 725 seat Studebaker Theater, located in the iconic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.
During the sweltering summer of 1961 the Congress of Racial Equality is in New Orleans seeking volunteers to ride to Jackson to help combat segregation. Xavier University student Sylvie Davenport is handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus. Sylvie must choose between her academic future and the future of this nation in a story that highlights how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Developed at Xavier University in collaboration with some of the activists who lived this history, C.O.T. Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya will conduct musicians from the critically acclaimed Chicago Sinfonietta.
Three performances only, February 8th, 14th and February 16, 2020.
Don’t miss this World Premiere event!
Edward Kelsey Moore is principal cello for these performances.
90 minutes, with no intermission.
Performed in English with English supertitles.
Chicago Opera Theater / Chicago Sinfonietta
Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 7:30pm World Premiere
Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 7:30pm Performance
Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm Matinee Performance
(Please note that February 8th is sold out. Some tickets are available for February 14th, but only two dozen tickets remain for the February 16th closing performance — at the time of this posting.)
The Studebaker Theater / Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago Opera Theater is a nationally recognized opera company which expands the tradition of opera as a living art form, with an emphasis on Chicago premieres, including new contemporary operas for a 21st century audience.