Joyce Culture Grantee Launches Neighborhood Concert Series
December 26, 2012 09:47 AM
Family concerts offered where people live.
The Chicago Sinfonietta is bringing Latino music to the residents of the city’s Southwest Side neighborhoods. The orchestra recently launched Encuentros, a series of five family concerts, with “Feliz Navidad,” performed with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Each concert will feature chamber-sized ensembles made up of orchestra members in collaborations with local neighborhood musicians.
“Every one of these concerts is an attempt to marry more traditional classical repertory with more community-based, or traditional, music programming. We are looking to find those bridges, the connective tissue, between different styles and eras of music,” said Jim Hirsch, the orchestra’s executive director.
The Joyce Foundation has supported the Chicago Sinfonietta since its inception in 1987. The organization has grown to be the one professional orchestra in the United States that actively promotes diversity and inclusion in classical music through a series of programs and initiatives for students, musicians, composers, and soloists of color.
Joyce supports capacity and infrastructure building of small to mid-size arts organizations, so the creative work can continue to flourish. With salary support, strategic plan implementation, professional development, audience development plans and mentorship programs, the Joyce Foundation broadens the reach of these arts groups, bringing art to every individual.