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Cedille Chicago Celebrates Black History Month on WFMT

Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta

Cedille Chicago Presents, Wednesdays at 10:00 PM

Over its 25-year history Cedille records has kept to some basic principles: 1. record Chicago’s musicians 2. record repertoire that deserves a wider audience.

One shining example of these founding principles is Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Not only does she exemplify the city’s first-rate musicianship, she gravitates toward undiscovered music. Rachel does play the core repertoire, but for her, finding unknown treasures makes life a lot more interesting. Recording a collection of violin concertos by black composers was a project she did back in 1997.

Cedille has also had a long relationship with the Chicago Sinfonietta, an ensemble dedicated to bringing together diverse communities through music. Both the Chicago Sinfonietta and Rachel Barton Pine will be featured in Cedille’s Black History Month celebration, Wednesday night at 10:00 PM.

February 26
Black History Month

CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799)
Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2 (1775)
III. Rondeau (4:35)

From Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Encore Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hege, conductor

WILLIAM GRANT STILL (1895-1978)
Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American” (1930)
I. Moderato assai (6:10)

From African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol. I
Chicago Sinfonietta
Paul Freeman, conductor

GEORGE WALKER (b. 1922)
Lyric for Strings (1941) (5:17)

From African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol. II
Chicago Sinfonietta
Paul Freeman, conductor

DAVID BAKER (b. 1931)
Cello Concerto (1975)
III. Fast (6:09)

From African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol. III
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Chicago Sinfonietta
Paul Freeman, conductor

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON (1932-2004)
Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin (1972) (7:26)
I. Plain Blue/s: [Quarter note] = 88-96
II. Just Blue/s: Very free
III. Jettin’ Blue/s: Fast

From Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: A Celebration
Sanford Allen, violin

MICHAEL ABELS (b. 1962)
Delights & Dances for String Quartet and String Orchestra (13:03)

From Delights & Dances
Harlem Quartet
Chicago Sinfonietta
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) ARR. MAUD POWELL (1867–1920)
Deep River, Op. 59, No. 10 (1904) (4:46)

From American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Matthew Hagle, piano

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