Monday, March 19, 2012

Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma: a Chicago “pop-up” concert (03.19.2012)

Above is a photograph of soprano Renée Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing “Vocalise” by Rachmaninoff. The keyboardist is Matthew Piatt from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The photo was taken with a regular lens and available light. Obviously, I was incredibly close to the performers—the sound and clarity was absolutely stunning. photo by versluis.

This morning at Thirst we all received a fantastic invitation from the great folks at the Lyric Opera of Chicago to come and hear a short program by Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma. Rick Valicenti, design director at Thirst has had a long and very fine association with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The lunchtime performance was held at the James R. Thompson Center Chicago. This so-called “pop-up event” was a collaboration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the purpose as the program sheet stated was, “to help celebrate the value of music in our daily lives.” Also part of the program were choruses from Lake View High School, Chicago High School for the Arts, and Merit School of Music as well as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The program sheet further explains:
This concert is part of ongoing initiatives [CSO’s Citizen Musician and the Lyric’s Renée Fleming Initiative] by both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Renée Fleming is the Creative Consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Yo-Yo Ma is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant.

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