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¡Cantaré Chicago! 2018 Press Release

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CHICAGO— As a finale to ¡Cantaré! Chicago, a yearlong composer-in-residence education program, Chicago a cappella joins Mexican composer Novelli Jurado and three Chicago schools to perform a free community concert on Friday, May 4, at 7:00 pm at Benito Juarez Community Academy. Students from Solorio Academy High School, Hubbard High School, and Erie Elementary School will be joined by the acclaimed Chicago a cappella ensemble and their High School Intern Ensemble. Jurado has written original works for each school and a new commission for Chicago a cappella. As ¡Cantaré! Chicago composer-in-residence, he worked with students during three residencies throughout the school year. This free event will be a joyous celebration of Mexican culture.

Chicago a cappella will present the world premiere of Novelli Jurado’s “Y es que no sabes” (“And you don’t know”) at this concert.  The piece was commissioned as part of the ¡Cantaré! Chicago residency and it features an original text by Jurado.  he work is composed in a bolero style, with two contrasting approaches, one contemporary and one reminiscent of traditional Mexican music.The composer dedicated the piece to his wife, who he met during a ¡Cantaré! residency in Minneapolis.

¡Cantaré! Chicago
In its second year, ¡Cantaré! Chicago places Mexican composers in Chicagoland schools to serve as composers-in-residence. The composers work hand-in-hand with teachers and their students, teaching the students about Mexican music and culture and writing new choral works specifically for each group. The composer-in-residence visits in the fall (one week), late winter (two weeks), and spring (one week). The program ends with a free community concert featuring all school groups and Chicago a cappella. To make this all possible, Chicago a cappella was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue serving elementary music classes and high school choirs through ¡Cantaré! Chicago . Other classes at the schools are encouraged to integrate the residencies into their curriculum as well. ¡Cantaré! Chicago is a partner program of VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! based in Minneapolis, MN.

Novelli Jurado
Born in Mexico City, Novelli Jurado was twice selected by VocalEssence as part of the ¡Cantaré! composer-in-residence program in the Twin Cities and Rochester, MN, where he composed new music for high school choirs while sharing Mexico’s culture. In this same period, he won the Young Artist Scholarship given by the National Cultural Arts Committee of Mexico (CONACULTA). In 2003 Novelli presented his work at SOCAN New Music Festival in Saskatoon, Canada and several concert halls in Mexico City. He was one of the 20 composers selected worldwide to attend the 2008 NYU-ASCAP Foundation workshop in New York where he conducted an orchestra made of musicians from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra. In October of 2015, Jurado founded the Lanzilotti Concert Choir, which he currently serves as Artistic Director and Choral Conductor. He additionally serves on the board of directors for the Audio Engineering Society (Mexico’s Chapter) and arranges, composes and records albums for the Mexican government.  Among his more unusual projects was creating music for the video game “Attractio,” the first video game made in Latin America to be distributed worldwide for Sony PlayStation 4.

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