EIGHTH LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL TO FEATURE OVER TWENTY PERFORMANCES FROM SEPT. 20-DEC.15

Paquito D’Rivera, Fareed Haque and the Chicago Premiere of Composer Gustavo Leone’s “Absurdopera” at the Mayne Stage Are Some of the Festival Highlights

To see the full schedule, visit: LatinoMusicFest.org

 

CHICAGO (August 20, 2013) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) announced today the full program for the 8th Annual Latino Music Festival (LMF), taking place September 20 through December 15 at various city and suburban locations including but not limited to: Humboldt Park Boathouse; Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium; The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall; Instituto Cervantes; Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall; Harper College Performing Arts Center; Roosevelt University, Ganz Hall; and, for the first time, Mayne Stage and the PianoForte Foundation. LMF will present over 20 concerts of music from Latin America and Spain spanning from the Baroque to the 21st century performed by some of the best local, national and international classical music performers, ensembles and orchestra.

The Festival opens September 20 with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque’s latest project, “Hymn of the Ancients,” an exploration of classical Indian music at the Humboldt Park Boathouse; this concert is co-presented with World Music Fest Chicago 2013. Other Festival highlights include: a solo recital by acclaimed Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall (October 6); two concerts presented as part of Chicago Artists Month 2013: soprano Patrice Michaels at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall (October 13) and Kaia String Quartet at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall (October 27); a recital by violinist and former founder of the Chicago Chamber Musicians Joseph Genuadi and pianist Beatriz Helguera also at the Art Institute (November 3); and the world premiere of Gustavo Leone’s “Absurdopera” at the Mayne Stage (November 21 and 22). The Festival will close December 15 at Mayne Stage with a concert by the legendary Paquito D’Rivera celebrating the second anniversary of WFMT 98.8’S nationally syndicated radio program “Fiesta!”, hosted by composer Elbio Barilari and dedicated to Latin American Classical music. A full calendar can be found at the end of this press release. For more information on the Festival, visit www.latinomusicfest.org.

The Closing Night concert will be broadcast live by WFMT-FM 98.8; the rest will be recorded and broadcast later as part of a collaboration with the radio station.

“Since 2006, the Latino Music Festival has been presenting music of Hispanic heritage that is seldom heard outside the Festival; music that represents more than three hundred years of history in the Americas,” said composer Gustavo Leone, managing director and co-founder of the Festival. “This year, we are once again placing a strong focus on local talent, featuring several of Chicago’s most prestigious orchestras, ensembles and soloists, as well as a number of talented young professionals.”

“We are partnering for the first time with Mayne Stage and PianoForte Chicago where we will be presenting some truly exceptional concerts. At the same time, we are building and strengthening the partnerships and collaborations we have established with the Department of Music/The University of Chicago as well as with WFMT 98.8, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Public Library,” added Elbio Barilari, co-artistic director. “We are grateful for the support of the city’s diverse cultural, educational and government institutions and of a public, Latino and non-Latino alike, that has embraced our diverse and adventurous programming.”

Besides its music program, the Latino Music Festival fulfills an educational role by bringing this music to Chicago’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs through concerts and educational programs. The Festival commissions new pieces from Latino composers and also has a residency program for chamber ensembles and soloists, which focuses on the dissemination of the Ibero-American repertoire.

“The Latino Music Festival is another vehicle for us to engage the public and to introduce them to a unique aspect of our culture they may not be aware of. Through this Festival, we not only celebrate of past and present Latin American composers but we continue our mission of breaking down those barriers that separate our cultures and communities. Besides, this music is really exciting, joyful. I invite you all to discover and surrender to these sounds,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the ILCC.

The Latino Music Festival is funded by the Joyce Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust with additional support from: The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council –a state agency. The Latino Music Festival is sponsored by 98.7 WFMT-FM, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Artists Month, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Harper College, Instituto Cervantes, Mayne Stage, PianoForte Foundation, Roosevelt University, Sherwood Community School at Columbia College, UIC School of Theatre & Music, and the University of Chicago and the support of SPAIN arts and culture (www.spainculture.us).

8TH ANNUAL LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Friday, September 20, 6:00 pm

Fareed Haque’s Hymn Of The Ancients

Concert presented in collaboration with World Music Festival Chicago 2013

Humboldt Park Boathouse

1440 N Humboldt Dr. Chicago

Free

Moving easily between jazz and classical guitar, guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque has worked with such prominent artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Holland, Sting, Joe Henderson, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Arturo Sandoval, and Ramsey Lewis, among others. He has performed all of the major guitar concertos, is an active transcriber of baroque as well as South American music and has had numerous works dedicated to him. Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels, with especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed him to different music from a very early age. His solo albums include: “Voices Rising,” “Manresa,” “Sacred Addiction,” “Opaque,” “Déjà Vu” and “Flat Planet” which was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts. Haque was Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009.

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm

Third Coast Percussion with Michael Burritt

Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street, Chicago

Free

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. These “hard-grooving” musicians (New York Times) have become known for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, and more. The ensemble enhances the performances it offers with cutting edge new media, including free iPhone and iPad apps that allow audience members to create their own musical performances and take a deeper look at the music performed by Third Coast Percussion.

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 pm

Ondas Ensemble

Sherwood Community Music School

At Columbia College Chicago

Recital Hall

1312 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago

Free

Since their first concert in 2007 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ondas Ensemble has been delighting audiences with their inventive and unique programming of new and historic works. Ondas works closely with contemporary composers, developing new works for chamber ensemble. Programming includes exciting collaborations with other music groups, guest artists such as Orbert Davis (trumpet), and dancers. Ondas’ performing members bring to the ensemble an impressive array of talent, as well as diversity in background and culture. Their core instrumentation is flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano that expands or contracts depending on the program.

Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm

Eduardo Fernández, guitar

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago,

Adults $20, seniors and students $14 with admission to the museum

http://www.artic.edu/

Born in 1952 in Uruguay, Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today’s leading guitarists. Fernández won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as “A top guitarist…Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument” (Donal Henahan, The New York Times). His London debut, in Wigmore Hall (1983), was equally acclaimed and resulted in his signing an exclusive recording contract with Decca, a label for which he made 18 recordings (solos, and with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic). He is actually the exclusive recording artist of the Oehms Classics label, for which he has recorded the complete lute suites by Bach and “Romantic Guitar” a 19th-century guitar recording on a period instrument.

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 pm

Sebastian Huydts, piano

PianoForte Salon

1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Free

Sebastian Huydts has performed solo, with orchestra and in chamber music throughout Northern Europe and the Midwestern USA and has appeared on Dutch, Spanish and Chicagoland radio. As a composer he has written repertoire for solo instruments as well as various ensembles ranging from duo to orchestra. His style seeks to combine 20th century innovations with traditional elements of Western music. His works consist of song cycles, sonatas, chamber music for various combinations, and concertos. He has received commissions from organizations such as the “Rhijnauwen Chamber Music Festival”, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, The Orion Ensemble, and Vents de Barcelona. He has been Composer In Residence with and is member of Chicago’s New Music Ensemble CUBE.

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 pm

Patrice Michaels, soprano, and chamber ensemble

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

78 E. Washington St., Chicago

Free

Patrice Michaels, is a vocal virtuoso and an eclectic musical personality. Her live and recorded performances in opera, oratorio and chamber music in genres from baroque through contemporary repertoire, and her distinctive dramatic concerts rank her as “A formidable interpretative talent” (The New Yorker), possessing “a voice that is light, rich and flexible” (Opera News), with “pinpoint-accurate . . . bravura” (Boston Globe). Ms. Michaels includes in her operatic credits the Hal Prince production of “Candide” at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She made her debut with the Cleveland Opera as Marzelline in “Fidelio” and has sung with Central City Opera, Tacoma Opera, The Banff Centre, Canada and Chicago Opera Theater. She recorded the role of Monica in Menotti’s “The Medium” (Cedille Records) with Joyce Castle in the title role. Recital appearances for Patrice include three consecutive seasons at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana, Cuba and tours of Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Barbados and Belize. Patrice Michaels’s performance for the 8th Annual Latino Music Festival is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 pm
Harper Symphony Orchestra

Brian Groner, conductor

Harper College Performing Arts Center

1200 Algonquin Rd., Palatine

Tickets: $10/$8/$7

http://dept.harpercollege.edu/music/ensembles.html

Brian Groner was selected as Music Director of the Harper Symphony in May of 2006. He has also served as the Music Director of the Fox Valley Symphony in Wisconsin since 1995, and in August of 2011 he was picked as Conductor of the String Orchestra at Northeastern Illinois University. As an active guest conductor, he has appeared on the podium for many notable ensembles including The San Diego Symphony, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Prague), The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China), The International Contemporary Ensemble and The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and has toured as conductor for The Moscow Classical Ballet. His concerts have been broadcast via satellite, by National Public Radio, to over 50 major radio markets across the nation. He has also conducted the world premiers of over twenty substantial new American compositions.

Thursday, October 17, 8:00 pm

OTRAS MÚSICAS; Hispanic Composers Based in Chicago

A concert by Fonema Consort

The University of Chicago, Fulton Hall

5845 South Ellis Ave., Chicago

Free

Fonema Consort showcases a diverse range of musical aesthetics in the music of six Hispanic composers based in Chicago. Almost a century after the legendary Silvestre Revueltas lived on Michigan Avenue, the city keeps attracting composers from Spain and Latin America who exhibit different sensibilities and backgrounds. From English, French, and Spanish texts to instrumental speech imitation inspired by Swedish, as well as totally abstract sounds; these works offer a taste of current musical trends today. Formerly known as Ensemble Vulpine Lupin (EVL), Fonema Consort was founded in October 2011 by singer Nina Dante, and composers Pablo Chin and Edward Hamel, to provide a collaborative space between emerging composers and performers that would foster their passion and skills in the performance of new vocal music.

Friday, October 18, 7:00 pm

Susan Merdinger, piano

PianoForte Salon

1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Free

Susan Merdinger made her New York Debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as a winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Competition, and performed a solo recital in Merkin Concert Hall as a Winner of the Artists International Distinguished Alumni Award. Most recently, she was First Prize Winner of the 2012 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the 2013 International Music Competition of France. Merdinger is a Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, and has released several CDs of solo piano, duo piano and chamber music. Ms. Merdinger made a triumphant Chicago Orchestral Debut at the Harris Theater on June 14, 2013 in a program entitled “The Italian and American Gems,” sponsored by University of Illinois-Chicago and the Italian Consulate General.

Sunday, October 20, 2:00 pm

Colombian Music for String Quartet

Cuarteto Q-Arte

Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Free

Founded five years ago, as part of a Latin American Chamber Music project attached to the Instituto Taller de Creación of the Faculty of Arts, National University of Colombia, the Cuarteto Q-Arte is composed of four professors of the University’s Conservatory of Music who, after having completed their studies in Europe, wanted to raise awareness about the music written for string quartets by Latin American composers, with a particular focus on contemporary Colombian composers, and in exploring new sounds. Q-Arte has performed in some of the most important concert halls of Colombia, such as the Concert Hall of the Luis Angel Arango Library, the León de Greiff Auditorium and the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra’s Otto de Greiff Hall, among others. In 2008 the quartet recorded their first album, “Echoes”, which consisted of several Latin American works. They are currently in the process of recording the works of Argentinean composer Gustavo Leone.

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm

“Apalabrar” A Recital of Latin American Poetry and Music presented in collaboration with Aguijón Theater /

Recital de poesía y música hispanoamericana presentado en colaboración con Aguijón Theater

Rosario Vargas, Marcela Muñoz, Elbio Barilari, Gustavo Leone and Volcano Radar

Instituto Cervantes

31 W. Ohio, Chicago

$10 suggested donation

http://chicago.cervantes.es

“Apalabrar” is a show that celebrates the best Hispanic poetry of all times by showcasing works that range from medieval Spain to contemporary Latin American literature.  Some of the authors that will be presented are: Calderón de la Barca, Góngora, Garcilaso de la Vega, Manrique, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rubén Darío, José Martí, García Lorca, Borges, Pablo Neruda, Julio Cortázar, Mario Benedetti.  This production is presented by the Latino Music Festival in collaboration with Aguijón Theater. Volcano Radar is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect.  A power quartet with dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, legendary bassist Harrison Bankhead and incendiary drummer Avreeayl Ra, Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.

Sunday, October 27, 2:00 pm

Kaia String Quartet

Concert presented in collaboration with Chicago Artists Month 2013

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Adults $20, seniors and students $14 with admission to the museum

http://www.artic.edu/

“Kaia,” deriving from the Greek “Gaia” for Earth/Goddess of the Earth, represents the ensemble’s mission to promote music of cultures from around the world in addition to being active performers of the traditional canon of quartet music. With their current focus on exploring the music of Latin American composers, both contemporary and traditional, the Chicago-based string quartet has been named the Ensemble in Residence of the LMF for the second consecutive year. The quartet has been featured in the LMF since 2010 and opened the festivities in 2011 with the world premiere of Elbio Barilari’s quartet, “Antique Store”. In 2011, their involvement in the Latin American community expanded to include collaborations with Chicago’s Tangata ensemble performing at Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Summerdance Festival, as well as an invitation to be featured at the Latin American Music Center conference at Indiana University. Kaia is currently completing a two-year residency at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Avalon String Quartet. Kaia is also this year’s LMF Ensemble in Residence. This performance by the Kaia String Quartet for the 8th Annual Latino Music Festival is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Thursday, October 31

Pre-concert talk at 6:00 pm

Harpsichordist Ignacio Prego in dialogue with musicologist Robert Kendrick (U. of C.)

Concert at 7:00 pm

Ignacio Prego, harpsichord

Instituto Cervantes

31 W. Ohio, Chicago

$10 suggested donation

http://chicago.cervantes.es

First Prize winner at the 2012 Westfield International Harpsichord Competition, Mr. Prego has been described by Spanish newspaper El Mundo as “…one of the most versatile Spanish musicians in the Classical scene…” He has concertized in both harpsichord and piano in major cities in the USA, Japan, Singapore, China, Italy, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Bolivia and Canada, including important venues such as the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York and recently at the Esplanade in Singapore under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki. In May 2012, Mr. Prego released his second CD under the label Verso entitled “Chromatic Fantasy”, which is exclusively dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach.

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm

Joseph Genualdi, violin, Beatriz Helguera, piano

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Adults $20, seniors and students $14 with admission to the museum

http://www.artic.edu/

Joseph Genualdi is Professor of Violin at The University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He performs with The Chicago Chamber Musicians, which he helped found in 1986. He also travels widely to perform as soloist and in chamber music, as well as to lecture and guest teach in various settings. His recordings are found on Music Master, Pickwick, EMI-­Angel, Sony Classics, CRI, Summit, Albany, Naxos, and Cedille. A recording from The Marlboro Music Festival of the Dvorak Quintet in G major was selected to commemorate the festival’s 50th anniversary and was released by Sony Classics. As Artistic Director of The Chicago Chamber Musicians for 17 years until July 2011, Genualdi worked closely with numerous composers including Richard Wilson, John Corigliano, Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, John Harbison, Aaron J. Kernis, Bruce Adolphe, Steven Stucky, William Bolcom, Ellen Zwilich, Bernard Rands, Robert Chumbley, Gabriela Frank, and Dana Wilson, among others.

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm

Rene Izquierdo, guitar

Instituto Cervantes

31 W. Ohio, Chicago

$10 suggested donation

http://chicago.cervantes.es

Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivie Chassain and Roland Dyens. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito D’Rivera.

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 pm

One Book, One Chicago

World Premiere of works by Gustavo Leone and Elbio Barilari

Gaudete Brass Ensemble & Volcano Radar

Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 S. State Street, Chicago

Free

Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performances, recordings, education, and the creation of new works. Volcano Radar is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect. A power quartet with dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, legendary bassist Harrison Bankhead and incendiary drummer Avreeayl Ra, Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm

Ensemble Dal Niente

Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 S. State Street, Chicago,

Free

Ensemble Dal Niente is a Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the promotion and advancement of contemporary music through concerts, commissions and educational activities. Through innovative programming, Dal Niente explores the wealth and diversity of music composed in the past century — from the European avant-garde, to American high modernism, to styles influenced by popular music and jazz. Dal Niente was founded by composer Kirsten Broberg in 2004 at Northwestern University and has become one of the country’s leading new music organizations. The ensemble presents the best of music being written today by established, emerging, and as-yet-undiscovered composers. It commissions new works, gives countless premieres, and champions great but neglected compositions — all in addition to regularly performing contemporary and 20th century masterpieces to bring this exceptional music to audiences. Dal Niente includes in its ranks faculty from DePaul University; conducting staff and members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; former participants in the Lucerne Festival and International Ensemble Moderne Academies; and past fellows of the Aspen Music Festival’s Contemporary Ensemble.

Thursday, November 21, 8:00 pm

Friday, November 22, 8:00 pm

Absurdopera, a comic opera in two-acts by Gustavo Leone

Mayne Stage

1328 Morse Ave., Chicago

General admission $20

http://www.maynestage.com/

Based on two one-act plays from the 60’s, “Absurdopera” is a comic opera in two acts in the style of the theatre of the absurd. Sung in English, each act uses the text of a one-act play by Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, respectively.  Act one is based on the development of the character “Music” in “Words and Music,” a piece for radio written by Samuel Beckett in 1962. In it, the two main characters “Words” and “Music” work simultaneously with and against each other in order to produce songs, musical interludes, and lyric poetry. To some extent, they are led by a third character, “Croak,” who, as the name suggests, exists somewhere in between sound and sense. Act two is based on “The Leader,” a one-act play by Eugene Ionesco written in 1960. The Leader presents two basic scenes of brief encounters of people and their mounting expectations of the arrival of the title character.  In the first scene, standing with his back to the public, center-stage, and with his eyes fixed on the up-stage exit, the Announcer waits for the arrival of The Leader. To right and left, riveted to the walls, two of the Leader’s Admirers, a man and a girl, also wait for his arrival. In the second scene, two lovers meet center-stage and after a brief exchange of gallantries they decide to get married straight away. The two scenes repeat in rapid alternation leading to the climax of the opera when finally The Leader arrives. All five characters then realize that The Leader is not exactly what they have been expecting him to be.

Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm

Roosevelt Percussion Ensemble

Edward Harrison, Director

Roosevelt University, Ganz Hall

430 S. Michigan Ave., 7th Floor, Chicago

Free

Edward Harrison is Principal Timpanist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Artist Faculty and Head of Percussion at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. An internationally known maraca expert, Harrison is considered the leading exponent of contemporary maraca playing in the United States and Europe. In 1999, he performed the world’s first concerto for maraca soloist with symphony orchestra, which was written for him by Ricardo Lorenz, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. The composition was entitled “Pataruco: Concerto for Maracas”. Ed Harrison has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, McCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera. He performs frequently with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. He has done radio and television performances for “Nova” (Public Broadcasting Service), Metromedia, National Public Radio, WFMT, and WGBH. Harrison has performed on commercial soundtracks (jingles) for McDonalds, Kraft Foods, Sears, Kellogg, and Ameritech.

Monday, December 9, 12:00 noon

Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble

Elbio Barilari, conductor

Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St., Chicago

Free

The Chicago Sinfonietta performed for the first time in October of 1987. Concerts took place in River Forest at Rosary College and downtown at Orchestra Hall. The Sinfonietta was a different type of orchestra from the very beginning. The orchestra members, staff, board of directors, guest artists, and most importantly of all, the audience were of diverse backgrounds.  The rarely performed music by composers of color became a Sinfonietta staple, and introduced these symphonic gems to generations of concertgoers. Due to Maestro Paul Freeman’s international reputation, European tours were booked resulting in six overseas trips during the first 17 years. Other highlights included two triumphant performances at the Kennedy Center, the recording of fourteen albums and CDs, and a 2008 performance at Millennium Park attended by over 12,000 people. In 2009 Paul Freeman announced that he would retire at the end of the 2010-11 Season and the Sinfonietta began its first Music Director search. Mei-Ann Chen was unanimously selected as Paul Freeman’s successor. Her tenure began with a welcoming concert at Millennium Park attended by over 7,000 people. Her inaugural season in 2011-2012 also coincided with the orchestra’s move from its long time west suburban home in River Forest to Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. The reviews and audience response for Maestro Chen’s debut have been extraordinary, and the season concluded with the orchestra’s first recording in ten years that will be released in 2013 on the Cedille label.

CLOSING NIGHT

98.7 WFMT’s Fiesta!: Second Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, December 15

Reception at 5:00 pm

Concert at 7:00 pm

Paquito D’Rivera in Concert

Featuring: Kaia String Quartet, Ernie Adams, Larry Gray, Rick Ferguson

Mayne Stage

1328 Morse Ave., Chicago

General admission with reception $20

Preferred seating with reception $30

http://www.maynestage.com/

ILCC’s members $15/25, call 312-431-1330 or http://latinoculturalcenter.org/

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of eleven GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, won several GRAMMY nominations (1979, 1980) and a GRAMMY (1979). In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as guest conductor. A GRAMMY was awarded to the United Nation Orchestra in 1991, the same year D’Rivera received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music. Additionally, D’Rivera’s highly acclaimed ensembles -the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet- are in great demand worldwide. While Paquito D’Rivera’s discography reflects a dedication and enthusiasm for Jazz, Bebop and Latin music, his contributions to classical music are impressive. They include solo performances with the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Costa Rica National Symphony, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is the recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award 2005 and the National Medal of the Arts 2005, as well as the Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. in 2007. The National Endowment for the Arts website affirms “he has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.”

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL’S ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Elbio Barilari has collaborated annually with the Grant Park Music Festival since helping to organize a tribute concert to Astor Piazzolla in 2002, for which he was also commissioned to write his Bandoneón Concerto. In June 2006, the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Kalmar, premiered his “Canyengue” at Millennium Park; that same season at Grant Park he also recruited and prepared the orchestra of native South American instruments for the performance of Ariel Ramírez’s “Misa Criolla.” Barilari is also one of the founders of “Volcano Radar,” a Chicago ensemble devoted to the exploration of various cultural traditions. As a composer, Barilari has received commissions from the Grant Park Music Festival, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Composer Forums, Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, pianists Maria João Pires and Marcel Worms and guitarist Eduardo Fernández, and a grant from the Sara Lee Foundation. In addition to works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, he has provided scores for more than forty plays in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In 2007, his Los Cantos for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra was premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Chicago Children’s Choir. His “Lincolniana,” incorporating texts by Carl Sandburg
and Walt Whitman and featuring jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis, Goodman Theatre actor–director Henry Godinez and the Ondas Ensemble, was first heard at the Ravinia Festival in September 2008. He has served as music critic and columnist for the newspaper “El País” as well as editor-in-chief for “La Raza,” the leading Hispanic-American weekly, and director of its monthly publication “Arena Cultural.”

Gustavo Leone is a Professor of Music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. He has also served on the faculty at the Music Department of Columbia College Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago. Leone is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York, and Lyon and Healy, Chicago. Ensembles and organizations such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, México, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played, commissioned, and recorded Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes composing music for productions at companies such as the Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Leone is the Co-Director of the Latino Music Festival, an annual music festival produced by the International Latino Cultural Center in Chicago. He was a Fellow at the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage where he has been studying the music of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Bolivia.

ABOUT THE ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.