Chicago Sinfonietta Praises Women Composers in Concert

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Chicago Sinfonietta Praises Women Composers in Concert


Byline: Natalia Dagenhart Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta, one of the most diverse orchestras in America, will demonstrate the talent of women composers in a Women's History Month concert called "Hear Me Roar."

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. A second performance of the concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Symphony Center in Chicago.

"'Hear Me Roar' will be a celebration of the many contributions women have made to the field of classical music," said Jim Hirsch, chief executive officer of Chicago Sinfonietta. "As a part of Chicago Sinfonietta's 30th anniversary season, this concert reflects our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by showcasing works composed by women and is the centerpiece concert of our year-long Project W commissioning project."

During its 30th anniversary season, Chicago Sinfonietta has been presenting a higher percentage of works by women composers than any other orchestra in the United States. The year-long Project W initiative aims to demonstrate the talent and mastership of female composers.

"'Hear Me Roar' takes Chicago Sinfonietta into uncharted repertoire with two major new commissions among three Chicago premieres," Maestro Mei-Ann Chen said. "The entire program is comprised of incredible works created by women composers, both past and present."

The concert will be the fourth out of five main stage programs of this concert season. Chen, music director and conductor celebrating her seventh year with the Chicago Sinfonietta, will lead the program. "Hear Me Roar" will feature violinists Carol Dylan and Karen Nelson, Marlea Simpson on viola, and Ann Griffin on cello. …

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