ChiWIP partnered with Chicago Sinfonietta at the opening night of their 2016-17 season. Dubbed by the Chicago Tribune as “the city’s hippest orchestra,” Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity and inclusion in the arts. The stated mission of the orchestra is to "serve as a national model for inclusiveness and innovation in classical music." In keeping with its vision of inclusiveness, the orchestra has sought to develop future musicians and audience members through an outreach program titled "Audience Matters." Through partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools, a combination of school visits, performances, and student assessment, the season-long program offers music programming and subsidized tickets to the orchestra's performances to students in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.
Attendees met members of the Sinfonietta’s Executive and Associate Board during the season-opening reception, which included heavy hors d’oeuvres, delicious cocktails, and an auction. Inspired by this year’s opening concert, guests were invited to try their hand (and feet!) at playing the piano and challenged their friends to oversized games.
Immediately following the reception, attendees enjoyed an innovative, one-of-a-kind concert featuring 3 soloists, 2 pianos, and 6 hands playing Stravinsky, Gershwin, Michael Jackson, and Coldplay.
Location: Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60604
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Cocktail Reception 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Concert
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