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Chicago Sinfonietta Opens Season With Mucca Pazza And Craft Beer

By Melissa Wiley in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 17, 2014 3:20PM


Mucca Pazza may be the only marching band that gives you more cowbell when you've got a fever with only one prescription. It’s also helping Chicago Sinfonietta open its 2014-15 season with some craft beer worth the odd cymbal crash.

Two Brothers Brewing Company will help usher in this battle of the bands between the Sinfonietta and everyone’s favorite punk-rock marching band Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm at the Symphony Center. Those who can’t wait that long can see the same concert this Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at Naperville’s Wentz Concert Hall. Three signature tastings are included in the ticket price.

Chicago Sinfonietta's “Rethink. Redefine. Reimagine” series aims to reinvent the symphonic concert experience with new artistic partnerships. Monday night’s first half will begin tamely enough with "English Folk Song Suite" and continues with Benjamin Britten’s "The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra." After an intermission and beer break, Mucca Pazza performs with the Sinfonietta two original works, Mark Messing’s "Holiday on Ice" and Dave Smith’s "Rabbits and Trees," with new orchestrations by Joe Clark. An excerpt from Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1” follows with a variation on Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture" for a finale.

Tickets range from $46 to $58 per person for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall and from $16 to $99 for concerts at the Symphony Center, with special $10 pricing available for students at both. Purchase them by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-284-1554 or online here.