Chroma Chamber Orchestra
Metropolitan Chicago's cutting-edge ensemble, drawing  members and soloists  from the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
, Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Orchestra
and other esteemed institutions


"... a cohesive and finely-disciplined group despite being just out of the starting gate..."
 - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2011

"... one expected technically gleaming and virtuosic performance and the Chroma Chamber Orchestra certainly delivered in a varied program featuring two superb solo turns and a world premiere written for the occasion..." 
 - Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, October 3, 2011

"...Crane showed a sure feel for this music, the jaunty cross-rhythms, introspection and deep vein of nostalgia and sadness... The well-rehearsed playing had all the brash vitality and brassy panache required and Crane brought a unity and momentum to the connected six sections...".  
   - Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, April 2, 2012 

 "...The concert opened with a world premier by David Crane, Ode to the Telegraph, inspired by a poem he commisoned from poet Richard Jones.  Prefaced by Jones reading his poem, the work is about tenminiutes long and offers a subtly intricate study of rhythm and urgency..." 
 - Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, June 4


September 15, 2013 program

Handel - Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 for flute and violin
            Mathieu Dufour, flute        Baird Dodge, violin
Britten - Serenade for tenor, horn & strings
       Scott Ramsay. tenor     Oto Carrillo, horn  

Barber - Capricorn Concerto for flute, oboe and trumpet
    Mathieu Dufour, flute         Jelena Dirks, oboe         Tage Larsen, trumpet
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

The following guest artists were featured in our inaugural season:
Elizabeth Futral
 Baird Dodge Violin
Marta Aznavoorian
Mark Pohlad
Art Historian 
Peter Van de Graaff

Peter Hessemer
David Dallison
Edward Marcus 
Richard Jones
Michel Rodriguez
Jessie Gutierrez
Victor Alexander

With great anticipation we announced the Chroma Chamber Orchestra's inaugural 2011-2012 season, comprising three concerts at Nichols Hall in Evanston as orchestra-in-residence at the prestigious Music Institute of Chicago. The CCO’s programming emphasizes late-romantic and early modern repertoire (and select contemporary works) of enormous appeal rarely performed by area ensembles. These works are presented in a context that integrates the performing, visual and literary arts to create a unique, multifaceted concert experience. 

The musicians, led by concertmaster and Chief Artistic Advisor Baird Dodge of the CSO, have been drawn from Chicago’s top orchestras and chamber groups, brought together not only for their exceptional musicianship, but for their delight in both exploration and collaboration. These old friends, aligned to new purpose,  electrified their audience with the innovation and beauty of these concerts.
The CCO collaborates with distinguished soloists, composers, writers, visual artists, choreographers, art historians - and diverse educational and cultural institutions (including MIC), from dance companies to art galleries, spanning the entire spectrum of the arts. Opportunities for synergy and cross-fertilization have been truly exciting and unparalleled. The first concert on October 2, 2011, featured internationally acclaimed soprano Elizabeth Futral singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.



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