Chicago Sinfonietta BYOB Concert

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Chicago Sinfonietta BYOB (Bring Your Own Beat) Concert!  

Monday, Mar 14, 2016
7:30 pm

Symphony Center
220 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

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Get ready to make some noise. Chicago Sinfonietta thwarts the “well-behaved” symphony experience with incredible guest percussionists and a raucous finale that invites audience members to literally play with the orchestra using their own DIY instruments. BYOB: Bring Your Own Beat will be anything but typical for a night at the symphony (and yes, jeans are allowed.)

This concert begins fittingly with William Grant Still’s infectious Festive Overture. Ricardo Lorenz’s Maracas Concerto follows featuring Alcides Rodriguez performing on this unusual solo instrument. The second half features Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto performed by CSO principal percussionist, Cynthia Yeh, and concludes with the audience joining with the orchestra in a starring role on the first ever DIY Estancia Dances. Yes, you will get to play along with our musicians in a fun-filled, raucous finale!

Plus, join us pre-concert and during intermission, to create your own percussion instruments, take a spin on Chicago artist Dave Ford’s Swing Set Drum Kit installation and enjoy complimentary tequila tastings from El Jimador.

Still Festive Overture
Lorenz Pataruco: Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra
Chadwick Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee and Noel
Higdon Percussion Concerto
Ginastera Estancia: Four Dances

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Alcides Rodriguez, maracas
Cynthia Yeh, percussion

About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit
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