Chicago Sinfonietta announces next season and ‘pay what you can’ pricing

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Chicago Sinfonietta has announced performances for its 2021-22 season, the 34th for the orchestra, as well as a new “pay what you can” price for tickets — a pilot program with the aim of increasing accessibility for its diverse programming. Patrons can pay what they choose for a concert ticket, with prices starting at $5. The season, titled “Revelry!,” was announced by Chicago Sinfonietta CEO Blake-Anthony Johnson and music director Mei-Ann Chen:

“Sounds of Dance” Season Preview

8 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Pavilion at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park; Mei-Ann Chen, music director. Tickets go on sale July 21 at

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor “Danse Négre from African Suite,” Op. 35, No. 4

  • Johann Strauss II “An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)”

  • Frederic Chopin “Grande valse brillante in E-flat major,” Op. 18

  • Florence Price “Dances in the Canebrakes”

  • Bedřich Smetana “Ma Vlast,” Vitava (“The Maldau”)

  • Antonín Dvořák “Slavonic Dances” Op. 46, No. 8

  • Arturo Márquez “Conga del Fuego Nuevo”

“New Folk”

8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Symphony Center; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor.

  • Franz Liszt “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”

  • Michael Torke “SKY” (Violin Concerto; Chicago premiere) I. Lively; II. Wistful; III. Spirited with Tessa Lark, violin

  • William Dawson “Negro Folk Symphony” I. The Bond of Africa; II. Hope in the Night; III. O, Le’ Me Shine, Shine Like a Morning Star!

Annual MLK Tribute Concert: “Joie de Vivre”

3 p.m. Jan. 16, 2022, at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2022 at Symphony Center; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor.

  • Florence Price “Ethiopia’s Shadow in America” I. The Arrival of the Negro in America when first brought here as a slave – (Introduction and Allegretto); II. His Resignation and Faith – (Andante); III. His Adaptation – (Allegro) – A fusion of his native and acquired impulses. Song of the Dark Virgin with Will Liverman, baritone

  • Felix Mendelssohn “Selections from ELIJAH” No. 14 “Draw, near all ye people - Lord God of Abraham,” No. 17 “Is Not His Word Like a Fire,” No. 37 “For the Mountains Shall Depart”

  • Jessie Montgomery “Soul Force (The Dream Unfinished)” in Chicago premiere

  • Kathryn Bostic “The Great Migration” in Chicago premiere with Will Liverman, narrator

“Limitless Horizons”

8 p.m. May 14, 2022, at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville; and 7:30 p.m. May 16, 2022, at Symphony Center; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. With local dancers from Clinard Dance.

  • Arturo Márquez “Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Conga of the New Fire)”

  • Derrick Spiva Jr. “To Be a Horizon” in Chicago premiere

  • Michelle Isaac with Chicago Sinfonietta commission

  • Frédéric Chopin “Grande valse brillante in E-Flat,” No. 1, Op. 18

  • Chen Gang / He Zhanhao “Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto” with Melissa White, violin

  • Antonín Dvořák “Slavonic Dance,” Op. 46 No. 8

Also “Chicago Sinfonietta World Tour 2021-22” with performances throughout fall 2021 and spring 2022 in partnership with city consulates. Dates and programs to be announced in late summer.

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