Symphony of the Shores | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Symphony of the Shores 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

In three short seasons the musician-managed Symphony of the Shores has made crossover eclecticism its endearing trademark. Not at all concerned with the decorum of classical programming, this youthful ensemble has, among other unconventional feats, performed works by jingle writers and collaborated with a performance troupe, juxtaposing light entertainment with serious art. This season finale is at once typical and extravagant. The classical part of the program features a gifted young soloist, Evanston native (and New Trier alum) Eunice Lee, in a pair of Russian curiosities: Tchaikovsky's swooning Serenade melancolique and the 1948 Violin Concerto of Dmitry Kabalevsky, the Soviet composer overshadowed by Prokofiev and Shostakovich for much of his career. The program's intellectual heavyweight is surely Elliott Carter's seldom heard Symphony no. 1, which Virgil Thomson called "an elegant search for a transcendental experience." SOS will perform the revised 1954 version. The music for the crossover segment's actually from a modernist ballet classic, Darius Milhaud's 1923 The Creation of the World. A fanciful, exuberant tribute to ragtime, Satie, polytonality, and slapstick, it helped to define what we now identify as the freewheeling, sizzling sound of 1920s Paris. For the piece, Jan Erkert has choreographed a work--to be danced by members of her company--meant to elucidate the "artist's role in society as promoter for change." Sunday, 7 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston; 708-869-3133.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/J. Henry Fair.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
February 08
Performing Arts
February 22

Popular Stories