"A Chicago premiere of real consequence"

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Thursday May 16, 2019

From The Chicago Tribune

Reviews: Regina Carter with Chicago Sinfonietta; Evgeny Kissin; Chicago Civic Orchestra
By: Howard Reich

The Chicago Sinfonietta closed its season Monday evening at the Auditorium Theatre with a Chicago premiere of real consequence.

Violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter had performed David Schiff’s ’4 Sisters’ just twice before, but judging by this reading, the piece deserves to be heard widely and often.

A jazz concerto in everything but name, ’4 Sisters’ pays tribute to a singular American vocalist in each movement: Aretha Franklin in ‘Soul,’ Ella Fitzgerald in ‘Scat,’ Billie Holiday in ‘Satin’ and Sarah Vaughan in ‘Sassy.’

Those titles might lead one to believe that composer Schiff has asked the violin soloist to mimic each vocalist’s style. But Schiff has done no such thing.

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