- One ticket to “Feel the Beat!” presented by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2
- When: Sunday, November 9, at 12 p.m.
- Where: City Winery
- Door time: 11 a.m. (Brunch available for purchase during performance)
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $12 for reserved seating (up to $20 value)
- $15 for premier seating (up to $25 value)
Cheery percussiveness guides this concert, which spans the globe in search of music’s most metronome-revving works. Many pieces hail from the 19th and 20th centuries, with genres from ragtime to tango taking center stage, but selections by Mozart take the afternoon back to the 18th century as well.
- Farkas—Selected Hungarian Dances: Farkas drew on Italian neoclassicism and the folk traditions of his native Hungary to compose his lively works.
- Mozart—Serenade in E-flat Major: In a letter to his father, the composer described hearing his masterpiece in an unlikely place: “At eleven o’clock last night I was serenaded by two clarinets, two horns, and two bassoons playing my music . . . These musicians had the front gate opened for them, and when they had formed in the courtyard, they gave me, just as I was about to undress for bed, the most delightful surprise in the world with the opening E-flat chord.”
- Dvořák—String Quartet No. 12 (“American”): Written while the Czech composer was vacationing in Iowa, this piece draws from American cultural influences including spirituals, Native American melodies, and even moving locomotives.
- Joplin—Selected works: Considered the “King of Ragtime Writers,” this turn-of-the-century African-American composer drafted one ballet, two operas, and 44 ragtime numbers, including the genre’s quintessential Maple Leaf Rag.
- Piazzolla—Selected works: The Argentinian artist was known for bringing elements of jazz and classical music to the traditional tango style.
Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players - cp2
The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, or cp2, have been performing under the auspices of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010. Covering a wealth of musical styles, cp2 is dedicated to the original chamber music concept of “the music of friends,” or capturing the jam-session feel of great music played by great musicians.
When the Chicago Philharmonic was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the country's finest symphonic orchestras.”