Chicago Sinfonietta has announced their innovative hybrid new season “Stories of The People”. The three concert series will consist of two virtual performances plus a May in person concert.

Guest artists will be Joel Thompson, composer, Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello, and Victor Wooten, bass. To kick off the season on October 17, the orchestra led by Conductor, Mei-Ann Chen, will perform a virtual program including a world premiere commission by Chicago Sinfonietta Artist in Residence composer Kathryn Bostic.

Concert viewers and attendees may choose from three different membership levels that include a number of new benefits including educational offerings and behind the scenes experiences with key musicians and members of the organization.

New member benefits will include:

  • Virtual Concerts and Program Notes

  • Storytelling: A series on diasporic traditions and cultural practices in visual and performing arts. Presented by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Residents Orchestrate Project.

  • Audience Matters: Remixed Selected Chicago Sinfonietta education programs content in a virtual format

  • Sinfonietta Salons: A quarterly virtual event series reinventing the 19th century Salon, with a short performance, discussion, and collaborative activities.

  • Master Classes: A guest artist leads an interactive workshop with music provided by Chicago Sinfonietta musicians, formatted for each concert. Presented by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Residents Orchestrate Project.

  • Music Theory 101: A series of music theory lessons from guest artists in residence

  • Music Made Classic: Intimate solo live-stream performances engaging audiences through the history of and diversity in classical music. Presented by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Residents Orchestrate Project.

  • Archival Access: Revisit your favorite past concerts, with rolling premieres every month. The Freeman Legacy Learn about Chicago Sinfonietta Founder, Maestro Paul Freeman, with a behind-the-scenes look at archives.