Tap into a new vein of Chicago music this spring by getting familiar with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. Founded by local musicians and artists with the intention of bringing chamber music to a wider audience, the CAO teams up with Concordia University Chicago's premier choral performance ensemble the Kapelle for the opening of its 2014 season. This weekend, the two groups bring their skill and enthusiasm to the stage for "Rediscovered Treasures IV: Music of 18th Century Spain and Mexico."
The performances on February 28 and March 1 will sere as part of the CAO's continued efforts to bring international attention to the music of the Spanish colonial period, a body of work that's been somewhat buried by history. You'll hear choral-orchestral premiers from renowned composers like Antonio Rodriguez de Hita and Antonio Juanas. History will be recreated through performances of these centuries-old works that come to us from 18-century Mexico and the once-supreme Spanish empire. This will be the first time several of these arrangements have ever been performed in the U.S.
The first performance on Friday, February 28, will be held at First United Church of Oak Park. The following night, the CAO and the Kapelle will be at St. Alphnosus Church in Lakeview. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m. Arrive early (7:30 p.m.) for a discussion of compositions found in regions not typically associated with classical music lead by associate professor of musicology at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.
Tickets are available at the Chicago Arts Orchestra's website starting at $17. Students and seniors pay just $15.
The Chicago Arts Orchestra is led by Artistic Director Javier Jose Mendoza. The Kapelle is led by Conductor Charles P. Brown, DMA.