North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chicago Sinfonietta begins 2011-2012 season Sept. 24 at Wentz Concert Hall

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The Chicago Sinfonietta opens its 2011-2012 season Sept. 24 at North Central College with “As Fate Would Have It,” a concert blending Eastern and Western musical traditions. The program features Mei-Ann Chen, the organization’s new music director, along with acclaimed guest harpist Ann Hobson Pilot.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $45 and $35; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The program begins with “Saibei Dance,” composed by An-Lun Huang. Inspired by the unique folk music of the Saibei region in northwest China, “Saibei Dance” is arranged in the wind-percussion style typical of that geographic area. The Sinfonietta will then perform William Grant Still’s “Ennanga”—the only work he composed for harp—where Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins the Sinfonietta.

The Sinfonietta is proud to present the Chicago premiere of John Williams’ “On Willows and Birches,” written expressly for Pilot in 2009 to demonstrate her formidable musicianship and the harp’s wide range. The program closes with Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony.

A second performance of the program will take place in Chicago at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center. Visit for more information.

The Chicago Sinfonietta has a proud history of having enriched the cultural, educational and social quality of life in Chicago, while gaining significant recognition on the national and international stage. Performing in both downtown Chicago and in Naperville, the Sinfonietta presents a full season of symphonic concerts. The musicians truly represent the city’s rich cultural landscape and continue to fulfill the orchestra’s mission of Musical Excellence through Diversity. 

The Chicago Sinfonietta thanks lead season sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, supporting season sponsor Capri Global Capital and lead media sponsor Chicago Sun-Times Media. Additional thanks to concert sponsors the Sara Lee Foundation, Lyon & Healy, 98.7 WFMT and ABC7 Chicago. Additional media support provided by Chicago Magazine, Arte Y Vida Chicago, WBEZ 91.5, the Chicago Defender and Naperville Magazine.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).