The Chicago Sinfonietta Debuts Season with eMotion, 9/14
The Chicago Sinfonietta opens its 2013-14 season with "eMotion," a concert continuing Music DirectorMei-Ann Chen's award-winning experimental programming style, moving toward the creation of a new breed of collaborative performance experiences. The "eMotion" concert features music inspired by dance, including a World Premiere arrangement commissioned by the Sinfonietta. The Sinfonietta performs "eMotion" twice, once in its downtown Chicago home venue of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Saturday, September 14 at 8 pm and again in the western suburbs at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville, Sunday, September 15 at 4 pm.
The urban dance culture is showcased in the newly commissioned "Orchestral Dance Mix" arrangement by Sam Shoup that mixes classical masterworks and explosive footwork from Chicago hip-hop troupes FootworKINGz and Kuumba Lynx. Shoup's new suite seamlessly blends five scenes from Peter llyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, each made to flow together instead of the traditionally separate movements, with Florence Price's Symphony No. 1, Movements 3 and 4. Price, a pioneering African-American composer who lived in Chicago from 1927 until her death in 1953, also composed The Oak, which the Sinfonietta presented in its 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert. The professional dancers of FootworKINGz and the junior dancers of Kuumba Lynx perform work created collaboratively between the two ensembles. FootworKINGz is led by Artistic Director Charles "King Charles" Parks, choreographer/dancer Jaron "Prince Jron" Boyd and Trevell "Tee-Jay" Johnson. Jacinda Bullie and Jaquanda Villegas are Co-Creative Directors and Co-Executive Directors of Kuumba Lynx.
Lively works from Russian masters Aram Khachaturian and Sergei Rachmaninoff round out a concert that shows how music inspires movement of all kinds, from the street to the concert hall. The Sinfonietta performs Khachaturian's instantly recognizable Sabre Danceand Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, an orchestral suite in three movements.
Single tickets range from $26-$50 for concerts at Symphony Center and $40-$50 for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall, with special $10 pricing available for students at both concerts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or online at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
About the Artists
FootworKINGz was founded in 2007 by Leida "Lady Sol" Villegas as a professional dance ensemble with a mission to attract global recognition to Chicago's unique style of footwork. Footworkin' is an extremely energized, lower body movement that evolved as a response to House and Juke (a highly sped up House sound up to 160bpm) music. FootworKINGz's King Charles and Prince Jron toured on Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" World Tour (2008-2009). Both are featured in Madonna's music video "Celebration." FootworKINGz members have also appeared as a Top 20 act on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 4, Ellen Degeneres' Really Big Show '07 for TBS, VH-1 Hip Hop Honors '07 with Missy Elliott, and MTV's "My Block Chicago."
In response to the 1996 Chicago Public School system arts funding cuts, Jaquanda Villegas, Jacinda Bullie and Leyda Garcia founded the not-for-profit arts and education organization Kuumba Lynx. The three young women came together under the belief that youth have a power in "edutainment" (education, arts and entertainment). Their goal was to utilize hip-hop arts and culture to increase social consciousness, inner peace, creativity and universal freedom for youth. They created programs that utilize the cultural and artistic aesthetics of urban hip-hop to reshape and empower Chicago's communities. Today, Kuumba Lynx nurtures participants' discovery of their own artistic voice, fosters self confidence and helps expand their world view, leaving them inspired to continue using art as a means of personal and social expression and community activism.