Annual holiday concert celebrating the duality of joy and sadness in the Day of the Dead.
The duality of grief and joy is captured in Chicago Sinfonietta’s Day of the Dead concert. The performance begins with a festive, lively piece by Spanish composer Gerónimo Giménez. Sibelius’ Valse triste, meaning “sad waltz,” brings a reflective mood to the hall, taking audiences into a nostalgic memory. It isn’t long before Arturo Rodríguez’s Mosaico Mexicano uplifts the mood, taking us into a world of folkloric sound and rhythm.
The concert continues in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, which joins the orchestra in a beautiful display of shadow puppetry. Redmoon retells the story of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo by interweaving visuals of fire, love, and dance with the sounds of the orchestra. The performance comes to a close with a rollicking performance of “Danzón No.2,” a piece by one of Mexico’s greatest living composers – Arturo Marquez.