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Art begets art. That’s certainly the guiding principle of Chicago Philharmonic’s Eight Seasons. The Philharmonic and soloist Chee-Yun, whose distinguished career has included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and tours under Michael Tilson Thomas, perform Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons, following its influence through the tangos of Piazzolla to Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round. Bandoneonist Richard Scofano sets the stage with pre-concert tango tunes in the foyer.
- Vivaldi—The Four Seasons: The piece begins with the first warmth of March, the orchestra firing up the recognizable pomp of Spring and swiftly flowing into its flower-bringing rainstorms. The heat of Summer comes on slowly, then, the melody seemingly weighed down by a scorching sun, whereas Fall enters with a jaunty briskness that evokes the playful fun of leaf-ball fights. Later, the introductory melody of Winter sets a foreboding tone of icy storms to come.
- Piazzolla—The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: The famed Argentinian composer pays homage to Vivaldi’s masterpiece with a southern-hemisphere perspective on the shifting of the seasons.
- Golijov—Last Round: Debuting in 1996, this modern composition pays tribute to Piazzolla’s influential tangos. This particular performance serves as a live soundtrack to Visceral Dance Chicago in a piece choreographed by Nick Pupillo.
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.”