Behind the Music

The Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Series closes its season on a high note

"The Glory of Creation," the last concert of the 2008-2009 Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Series at the Shedd Aquarium, will take place this Thursday, April 30. Celebrating the wonders of the earth and its waters, "The Glory of Creation" will feature a 13-member chamber ensemble performing along with "butoh" dance artist Nicole LeGette, University of Chicago Jazz Ensembles Director and reedist Mwata Bowden and the Steward Wilson Gospel Singers.

Several musical performances, moving from traditional to contemporary pieces, will make up the evening's eclectic lineup. The concert will include renditions of Antonio Vivaldi's "Spring" from the composer's "The Four Seasons" violin concertos, "Poeme" by Czech composer Zdenek Fibich, "Chelsea Bridges" by Billy Strayhorn featuring Mwata Bowden, contemporary gospel sung by the Steward Wilson Gospel Singers, and a performance by Chicago's only "butoh" artist Nicole LeGette, who specializes in this Japanese dance form from the 1960s.

The concert will take place at 7:30PM at the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. The aquarium will open at 6PM for concert-goers to explore, and a Q&A session following the show will feature a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta along with a representative from the Shedd Aquarium discussing the program. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling the box office at 312-236-3681, ext. 2.

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