In November 2008, the Chicago Sinfonietta will partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival in musically exploring the year’s Festival theme: THINK BIG. For their part in the festival the Sinfonietta invited a panel of experts to help realize their "big idea" for a concert on November 10, 2008 by selecting the most transformative classical music compositions from various eras that truly changed the rules and affected everything that came after. I am honored to have been invited as one of their panel along with wonderful individuals such as writer Alex Ross and composer Michael Abels.
But the idea doesn’t stop with having a panel make suggestions and selecting the concert repertoire from that list; instead, the Sinfonietta has posted a poll allowing visitors to vote for the pieces the panel selected (and if you don’t like what we picked, then you can submit your own suggestions!). I always enjoy seeing ensembles find a way for patrons to have some input on repertoire and this project is just fun. The best part is that you don’t have to live in Chicago to vote, just visit the Sinfonietta polling page and cast your ballot. Hurry, the poll closes after July, 31, 2008.