Chicago Sinfonietta Opens 25th Anniversary Season with PERFORMANCE. ART., 9/29

The Chicago Sinfonietta's milestone 25th Anniversary Season opening concert, titled Performance. Art., features a unique collaboration with the Brooklyn-based, high-energy chamber ensemble PROJECT Trio (Greg Pattillo, Peter Seymour and Eric Stephenson). Blending their classical training with a wide array of musical styles, including jazz, hip-hop and rock, PROJECT Trio's virtuoso performers use their passion and versatility to make an impression on audiences of all musical tastes. Performance. Art. will be performed at Wentz Concert Hall,171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville, Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm and at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Monday, October 1 at 7:30 pm.

"PROJECT Trio combines flute, cello and bass to achieve musical colors that you would never have thought possible," said Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. "Not only do they bring a distinct sound, they also bring a lot of movement to the stage – so much energy! It will be very fun to have them join the Sinfonietta for our Silver Anniversary season opener, and I'm so glad we can share the talents of this incredible group with our Chicago and Naperville audiences."

Chen opens the concert with a distinctive variation on Johannes Brahms' one-movement work Hungarian Dance No. 5. The program continues with three exceptional performances by PROJECT Trio both with the orchestra and on their own, including Fast and Random Roads – two works composed by its own members – and an unusual take on J. S. Bach's Bourrée from Suite in E Minor for Lute.

The first movement of Israeli composer Avner Dorman's rhythmically vigorous Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! continues the second half of the program, featuring Eric Goldberg and Shuya Gong, winners of the CSO Young Artist Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012, on marimba and other percussion instruments.

The concert culminates with Igor Stravinsky's regal and soaring Firebird Suite.

Single tickets range from $40-$50 for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall and $26-$50 for concerts at Symphony Center, with special $10 pricing available for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or online at

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