Classical Music Series - Chicago Solisti

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Classical Music Series - Chicago Solisti
Friday March 2
Suggested donation $10

Starts at 8pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

The Chicago Solisti String Quartet embarks on a program of music embodying the pillars of the Harlem Renaissance coupled with the irresistible charm of Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet.

Take the A Train became the staple of Duke Ellington’s band in the 40’s and 50’s. Lyrics by the Delta Rhythm Boys (or Joya Sherill, depends on who you ask!), orchestrated by Billy Strayhorn and arranged for quartet by Paul Chihara- the A Train pays homage to the NYC subway system that bound inner city musicians after the Harlem Renaissance.

Composed in 1960, William Grant Still’s Lyric Quartette- subtitled ‘A Musical Portrait of Three Friends’- portrays three distinct personalities immersed in his signature harmonic language. Three movements depict the versatility of the string quartet fashioned among the canvas of the Renaissance: The Sentimental One, the Quiet One, and the The Jovial One.

Impetuous. Seductive. Playful. Chivalrous. Charming. These are all words commonly used to describe Kreisler’s violinistic prowess and compositions. A Viennese virtuoso residing in NYC at the height of the Renaissance, his quartet nods prominently to his Austrian roots yet somehow remains positively American in sound, scope, and subject matter.

Kyle Dickson, violin
Caitlin Edwards, violin
Seth Pae, viola
Magdalena Sustere, cello

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