FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019
“FIESTA CORAL MEXICANA” BRINGS CHORAL MUSIC FROM MEXICO TO CHICAGO’S STAGES
CHICAGO— Chicago a cappella, heralded as “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble,” (Chicago Tribune) celebrates the colorful and dynamic music of Mexico in "Fiesta Coral Mexicana," a vibrant concert at the National Museum of Mexican Art and three suburban venues. The acclaimed ensemble, prepared by guest music director Benjamin Rivera, will sing Baroque masterworks from Puebla Cathedral, traditional folk music, luminous contemporary works, and popular favorites like “La Bikina” and “Besame Mucho.” Artistic Director Jonathan Miller undertook research in Mexico as part of a cultural exchange project, and his discoveries include pieces by contemporary composers Jorge Cózatl and Jorge Cordoba as well as works stretching back to the 17th century. Audiences will also hear three pieces commissioned for Chicago a cappella by Rodrigo Cadet, Novelli Jurado, and Julio Morales as part of the ensemble’s ¡Cantaré! Chicago composer-in-residence program. This dazzling concert will shine a light on a spectacularly varied and brilliant musical world.
Fiesta Coral Mexicana will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 3:00 PM, at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Saturday, Feb. 15, 8:00 PM, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street in Chicago; Friday, Feb. 21, 8:00 PM, at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL. For tickets and more information visit chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.
Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 27th season in 2019-20. Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings and broadcast-media musical content, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field. They have been acclaimed for their “clarity, well-balanced tone, and deep emotional involvement” (Washington Post) and “breathtaking ensemble and control” (American Organist). With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its Chicago-based series. On tour, the group has appeared in 13 American states and in Mexico. The ensemble has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through broadcasts distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally syndicated Performance Today. The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works. Performing with an ensemble of 10 singers and no conductor, Chicago a cappella has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).
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[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Chicago a cappella: Fiesta Coral Mexicana
Sun., 2/9/20, 3:00 PM, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Sat., 2/15/20, 8:00 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL
Fri., 2/21/20, 8:00 PM, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL
Sun., 2/23/20, 3:00 PM, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Tickets: $43 preferred / $35 general / $32 seniors / $20 under 30 / group rates available
Flexible Ticket Packages and group discounts available
[Additional $2 each for tickets purchased at the door]
Tickets: (773) 281-7820 or online
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