The Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago SinfoniettaThe Chicago Sinfonietta lives under the shadow of the more famous and much better funded Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Although, the Sinfonietta doesn’t get the same respect as the CSO, they deserve it. Sinfonietta’s conductor, Paul Freeman, is talented, hard working, and entertaining. The musicians are excellent.

The best feature is the fantastic programming offered each season. Last evening they featured Voodoo Violin Concerto No.1, by Daniel Bernard Roumain, a wildly entertaining piece featuring Roumain on electric violin along with a small ensemble. This was followed by 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst, featuring the Sinfonietta, the Chicago Children's Choir (directed by Josephine Lee), and a fantastic visual presentation by the Adler Planetarium. Next time you're in Chicago, check out the Sinfonietta -- you won’t be disappointed.

Season Ticket Holder, Chicago, IL 5/16/06