A stirring program of monumental musical works will fill the playlist during Chicago Sinfonietta's latest show this weekend.
Titled "City-Scapes," the program highlights various pieces with architectural themes.
"This is a very unique program for any symphony concert. It's very rare to find a program (centered) around cities," said Mei-Ann Chen, music director for The Chicago Sinfonietta.
The program, which concludes the symphony's 25th season, stars works in various genres.
"There are some well known pieces such as 'Tales from the Vienna Woods' to new works," Chen said.
Chen praised the new musical work curated by Jennifer Higdon titled "ChiScape," which is inspired by and salutes four Chicago buildings. The four works are written by four composers. Buildings saluted are the Modern Wing of the Art Institute Chicago; the Aqua Building; S.R. Crown Hall and Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park.
The music director said members of the Chicago Architecture Foundation were asked to look at "what buildings had musical inclinations" and if a building could sing what type of voice would it have. The Chicago Sinfonietta has partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation on this concert.
Also included on the program will be Duke Ellington's "Harlem."
"We want to create every concert (as you would) a journey," Chen said. With the "breadth and depth" of all the compositions on the program, Chen said, "This is a concert not to be missed."
"City-Scapes" will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Center in Chicago. Tickets are $40 to $50 for concert at Wentz Hall and $26 to $50 for show at Symphony Center. Visit chicagosinfonietta.org or call (312) 236-3681.