Fulcrum Point musicians, Flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli, and the Sones de Mexico Ensemble are creating quite the musical mashup next week, when arts education and new music and Latin culture come together.
In a performance benefiting Fulcrum Point’s Sound Tracks education programming, the Fiesta Latina is definitely a celebration of music and dance says Stephen Burns, executive director of Fulcrum Point.
Tuesday’s concert promises to be a combination of music and dance, and something Chicago-based flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli (who you might remember from the Looking Glass production of Rick Bayless’ Cascabel), has been working long and hard on with her students in Soundtracks. She says her own love of dance, particularly the story that comes with the flamenco music is really exciting for the kids.
When Inna Faliks launched Music/Words five years ago in New York City, the concept was born out of her own inspiration from the literature she loved. The series brings together poets and musicians in performance, to find new creative energy and reach new audiences. The program has featured musicians like Chicago cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Leon Livshin, and poets like Mark Levine, Sandra Beasley, and Jesse Ball.
Grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein returns to downtown Chicago on Saturday Sept. 29 for a special performance with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the Auditorium Theatre. The concert promises to be a swinging one, when one of the best-recognized jazz orchestras in the country and the ambassador of the Great American Songbook collaborate on some of the greatest standards in American jazz and popular music.
“Michael has an incredible songbook and collection of his own to pull from, and it’s been several years since he’s been to downtown Chicago,” says Travis Rosenthal, the executive director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. “It’s going to be an energetic concert for us: Gershwin, Sinatra and so on. It’s really a flash back to the old touring big bands.”