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Chicago Sinfonietta premieres intergalactic concert Nov. 5 at North Central College

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Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta’s world premiere of “Under the Night Sky” Nov. 5 at North Central College.

The performance is a multimedia experience that explores our place in the cosmos. The concert is the second event in Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2011-2012 season, its first season to feature North Central College as its new west suburban home.

“Under the Night Sky” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 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 features a world-premiere video from astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado along with the Chicago premiere of excerpts from Michael Gandolfi's contemporary work “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.”

“Under the Night Sky” begins with the stirring fanfare of Richard Strauss' “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” a piece that became a fixture of pop culture through its use in Stanley Kubrick's film masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.” From there, the program will transition to Gandolfi’s piece.

The orchestra, along with a special guest vocalist, also will perform Antonin Dvorák's “Rusalka: Song to the Moon,” setting the stage for the main event: Suites No. 1 and 2 of Maurice Ravel's ballet “Daphnis et Chloé,” but with a trademark Sinfonietta twist. Instead of dancers, Salgado's “Moonrise,” a spectacular video created especially for this performance, will be projected on a large screen suspended over the orchestra.

Salgado's visuals are familiar to Chicago Sinfonietta audiences, having supplied dramatic accompaniment to performances commissioned by the orchestra. This performance of “Daphnis et Chloé” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ballet’s Paris premiere.

The Chicago Sinfonietta thanks lead season sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and lead media sponsor Chicago Sun-Times Media. A second performance of the program will take place Nov. 7 at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center. Visit for more information.

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).