Chicago Festival of Danish Art & Culture in Winter 2014

Music & MasqueradesVOX 3 Collective, an organization that presents both rare repertoire and undisputed masterpieces of vocal art music, will present a series of events called Music & Masquerades: A Festival of Danish Arts and Culture. This festival will feature performances and educational programs celebrating the music and culture of Denmark and its northern European neighbors, including Norway, Sweden, and Germany. The festival will kick off with a December Christmas program, with continuing events, in various Chicago-area venues, January through March 2014 (see dates below, and visit www.vox3.org/festival for additional programming).

The centerpiece of the festival will be the Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade, an engaging and amusing comedy reminiscent of Die Fledermaus and Le nozze di Figaro. Suited for opera buffs and newcomers alike, this comic romp pits the old against the new, as a headstrong son defies his father’s wishes and meets his lady love at a masked ball.  Performances will take place January 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble Street.  Advance tickets are available online at http://www.vittumtheater.org/; Adults $32; Students and Seniors $16.  The opera will be performed in Danish (with English supertitles) with full set, direction, and costumes.  Considered Denmark’s national opera, the fully staged performance is presented by members of VOX 3 Collective and the Lakeview Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Hughes and directed by Sally Eames & Brandon Hayes.

Artistic Director Brian von Rueden says, “Since its beginnings, VOX 3 Collective has endeavored to present musical programs that both entertain and educate the public about diverse national traditions. This festival allows us to share the treasures of Danish culture with Chicagoland audiences on a scale previously unimaginable.  From our sacred Baroque programs which present masterpieces by Buxtehude and Pederson, to our art song recital featuring Grieg, Stenhammar, Sibelius, and other Scandinavian greats, to the gem of a production of Nielsen’s Maskarade, festival events will be fascinatingly engaging.”  Articles related to festival programming will be posted on the group’s Collective Voice blog.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and a grant from The Chicago Community Trust. For 97 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2011, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations. From strengthening schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to protecting the safety net for those hardest hit by the recession, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at www.cct.org.

Music & Masquerades Danish Festival Events