Friday, August 22, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times: “Sinfonietta makes Pritzker debut beneath the 'Planets'”

[Dr. Paul Freeman (b. 1936), Founder/Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta]

Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
The Chicago Sinfonietta is having another go at the solar system. In May 2006, the orchestra gave two performances of Gustav Holst's "The Planets" that featured an elegant video movie of the planets using images photographed over the years by NASA space probes. With its gigantic images of roiling sunspots and orbs that looked like art objects hung against deep, black space, the video, created by Jose Francisco Salgado of the Adler Planetarium, deftly enhanced Holst's dramatic score.

Paul Freeman, Conductor
7:30 tonight
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington
Audiences at those concerts at Dominican University and Symphony Center were enthralled, and the Chicago Sinfonietta staff immediately started thinking about a repeat performance. That performance will happen at 7:30 tonight in Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Admission is free. Tonight's concert, conducted by the Sinfonietta's founding music director, Paul Freeman, also includes the Overture to Ulysses Kay's "Theater Set," a four-section work composed in 1971, and "Estancia Dances" by Ginastera. [Maestro Paul Freeman (b. 1936), Founder/Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta; and Ulysses Simpson Kay (1917-1995), are profiled at]

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