Soleil's Simply Social: Chicago Sinfonietta Political Awakenings

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On Friday, April 19th, join Soleil's To-Dos and our group of Sophisticates at Tavern at the Park for Wine and Appetizers (until exhausted), followed by Chicago Sinfonietta's 2012/13 Season Closing performance of Political Awakenings!

We'll begin our evening at Tavern at the Park (130 East Randolph) at 5:30pm for wine, appetizers and mingling.  At 7pm, we'll walk across the street to Harris Theater for the 7:30pm performance of Political Awakenings.  We have reserved only 20 Main Floor seats.  If we sell out, additional tickets will be available, but those seats may not be with our group.  If money is an issue, we also have a small block Balcony Seats for only $20!

Reception & Main Floor Seats, $65
Reception & Balcony Seats, $50
Reception Only, $35
Main Floor Seats Only, $35
Balcony Seats Only, $20

$18, with validation at the Millennium Park Garage or $20, plus tip, for valet parking at Tavern at the Park.

Please wear red or orange so that our group will stand out from the crowd!

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Performance Details:
The cry for freedom expressed during the Arab Spring resonates with similar awakenings throughout human history. Arabic melodies find their counterpart in African-American folk music, and Mozart himself told a tale of freedom from bondage in his Turkish-inflected Seraglio. Together, they speak to the eternal quest for liberty shared across the globe.

Internationally acclaimed oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen infuses his mastery of Arabic music into the Western classical form with a touch of jazz in the Chicago premiere of his Oud Concerto. Our Arab Spring concert pairs that with African-American composer William Levi Dawson, who similarly infused his Negro Folk Symphony with spirituals and other native forms. Mozart completes the picture.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)
Simon Shaheen: Oud Concerto in C Minor
William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony

Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director and Conductor
Simon Shaheen, oud

Maestro Chen shares her thoughts on Political Awakenings in this video clip.


The video clip contains a portion of the Symphony’s first movement, The Bond of Africa.

Simon Shaheen shows his mastery of the oud in this simple performance video