|CHICAGO – Saturday, February 15th at 2pm & Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30pmThe Auditorium Theatre50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive|
Conducted by Maestro Emanuele AndrizziPerformed by the Joffrey Ballet
CommediaChoreography: © Christopher Wheeldon Music: Igor StravinskyTaking inspiration from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Wheeldon’s ballet is an “elegant piece, beautifully jointed and crafted…” (The Guardian).
Mono LisaChoreography: Itzik Galili | Music: Thomas HöfsWiggling hips. Break-neck twists and turns. Feats of grand athleticism. Galili’s incredible spin on the classical pas de deux evokes a daring game of cat and mouse-a fierce, dynamic dance of seduction. Chicago Premiere
Bliss!Choreography: Stephanie Martinez | Music: Igor StravinskyAward-winning, Chicago-based choreographer Martinez shares her newest work. Bliss! is set to Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, one of only two chamber concertos composed by Stravinsky.
The SofaChoreography: Itzik Galili | Music: Tom WaitsDescribed as a “broad, physical comedy” (Critical Dance), The Sofa takes shape as a love triangle run amok. Music by Grammy Award-winner Waits sets the tone for this comical take on gender, sexuality, and relationships. Chicago Premiere
The Times Are RacingChoreography: Justin Peck | Music: Dan DeaconTony® Award-winning Peck brings one of his most “arresting and complex” (The New York Times) works. A “sneaker ballet,” The Times Are Racing channels the power of protest and the process for creating change. Chicago Premiere
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|UChicago Presents: Concerto Köln: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons|
|Friday, February 287:30pmMandel HallUniversity of Chicago1131 E 57th St|
Shunske Sato, violinMayumi Hirasaki, violinEvgeny Sviridov, violinJesús Merino Ruiz, violin
Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10 RV 580 Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1 RV 269, “Spring” Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, No. 2 RV 315, “Summer”
Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerto for Four Violins in F Major, Op. 4, No. 12
Giuseppe Valentini: Concerto for Four Violins in A minor, Op. 7, No. 11
Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3 RV 293, “Autumn” Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4 RV 297, “Winter”
6:30 PM lecture with Barbara Dietlinger
With more than 200 recordings and countless re-imaginings and new works inspired by the opus, it is hard to believe that a 30-year-old ensemble performing in the 21st century could bring something new and exciting to Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but that is exactly what Concerto Köln, a period chamber orchestra from Germany, accomplishes. In the hands of this ensemble, some of the most ubiquitous examples of baroque music on hard drives and CD shelves and piped into department stores, elevators, and telephones around the world take on an entirely new life, with a freshness and vigor that could only come from an ensemble like this one.
Without a doubt, the special energy that Concerto Köln brings to Vivaldi is due to its unique self-governing structure and an unbroken desire to find the unknown. The orchestra’s young concertmaster and soloist Shunske Sato remarks that he and the ensemble search for “something new in every moment.” “Imagination, personality and one’s own view of a piece of music were what was expected” in performance up until the 20th century, he says. Rather than endeavoring to recreate historical practice down to the most minute detail, Concerto Köln embraces the freedoms inherent in the score, and it is their “deviations from the norm [that] pack a substantial punch” (Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone).
Friends of the Institute are eligible to receive a 20% discount off the cost of tickets. Please use promocode ITALIANO20 online or at the box office.
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