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Civic Music Association announces 2016/2017 Season

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SARAH CHANG: Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium
Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world’s great violinists. Born in 1980 in South Korea, her career started very early. Ms. Chang was admitted to Juilliard School of Music at age six and made her debut with the New York Philharmonic when she was just eight years old. By the time she was 11, she had performed with several of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Since her young, meteoric rise, Ms. Chang has continued to capture the music world’s attention. Recent performances include BBC Scottish Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Ravinia Festival and Aspen Music Festival.
VIDEO: Sarah Chang performing Salut d’amour, Op. 12
This concert is sponsored by Nixon and Virginia Lauridsen and the Marjorie Spevak Endowment Fund.
MANHATTAN TRANSFER MEETS TAKE 6: Saturday, November 5, 7:30 PM, Hoyt Sherman
Founded in 1969, Manhattan Transfer released their first hit, Operator, in 1975. And in 1981, the group made history as the first group to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year with their release of The Boy From New York City. A few years later, the 12 Grammy nominations they received for their album Vocalese became second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as most nominated album, cementing the group’s status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music.
TAKE 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a cappella group since release of their first self-titled album in 1988. And they are certainly the most rewarded, with 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), seven consecutive years as DownBeat magazine’s Critic’s and Reader’s Poll Best Jazz Vocal Group, a Soul Train Music Award, Black Radio Exclusive Vocal Group of the Year, and induction into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.
VIDEO: The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
This concert is sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies.
CANADIAN BRASS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Friday, December 9, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium
The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of their approximately 100 albums worldwide and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. The first brass ensemble to tour China and the first to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, they are almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.
VIDEO: Canadian Brass performing Flight of the Bumblebee
VIDEO: Canadian Brass performing Bach’s Bells
AARON DIEHL QUARTET WITH WARREN WOLF: Friday, February 10, 7:30 PM, Hoyt Sherman
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” His meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations and compositions are for spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh jazz artistry. Joining Mr. Diehl for this Civic Music concert will be vibraphonist Warren Wolf, who like Mr. Diehl is a classically trained jazz virtuoso.
VIDEO: Aaron Diehl Quartet performs Bags’ Groove by Milt Jackson
In early 1917, The Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jass Band One Step.” These titles, released on March 7, 1917 are recognized as the first jazz recordings. First marketed simply as a novelty, they were a surprise hit, giving many Americans their first taste of jazz.
To celebrate this important milestone and the 100th birthdays of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk and Mongo Santamaria, Civic Music Association is proud to present Jazz 100. Featuring an all-star lineup of musicians, including Chris Potter (tenor sax), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), and vocalist Lizz Wright, this special performance is under the musical direction of Danilo Perez, former pianist for Dizzy Gillespie. An A-list rhythm section including Ben Street (bass), Adam Cruz (drums) and Roman Diaz (percussion) round out the lineup.
ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE: Saturday, April 22, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium
Young chamber musicians the world over are pushing boundaries and creating new forms of expression.
Ensemble Dal Niente, a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective, is deeply involved in this exploration, performing new music that redefines the listening experience and advances the art form.
For their Civic Music Association concert, Dal Niente (which means “from nothing” in Italian) will perform important 19th century chamber works, juxtaposed against 20th and 21st century compositions written in response to those earlier works. They will also perform a work called Deerhoof Chamber Variations, the result of a collaboration with the drummer and composer Greg Saunier from the indie-rock band Deerhoof.
This concert is sponsored by the Sam and Gertrude Shloss Endowment Concert Fund.
Video: Ensemble Dal Niente performs Adam + Eve Connection from Deerhoof Chamber Variations
MATT HAIMOVITZ: Saturday, May 20, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium
Cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. Mr. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. For his Civic Music Association concert, Mr. Haimovitz will perform movements from Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.
VIDEO: Matt Haimovitz performing J.S Bach’s Suite for Cello no. 6 in D major

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