Performing a program of memorable works arranged for chamber ensembles, members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago showcase three pieces by European composers of the modern classical age. Stravinsky catapulted to fame with his enduring ballet The Firebird, and the dazzling selections heard here capture the daring brilliance of the composer’s original score. Inspired by a poem by Mallarmé, Debussy set the emotions of the work to music for his rich and provocative Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Completing the program is Martinů’s mysterious and thoughtful piano quintet.
MARTINŮ Piano Quintet No. 2
DEBUSSY (arr. Sachs) Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY (arr. Colnot) Suite from The Firebird
The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra of Chicago season is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
Major funding for the Civic Orchestra Fellowship Program is provided by The Julian Family Foundation.
The Negaunee Music Institute is endowed by a generous gift from The Negaunee Foundation.
This program is sponsored in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.