Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra
The Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, recent winner of the 2013 Skokie Fine Arts Award for Excellence, continues its 19th season at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Music Director Alan Heatherington, known for his creative programming and entertaining comments to the audience illuminating the music, will lead one of Chicago’s finest professional orchestras in a program featuring oboist Stephen Colburn and great string orchestra music of Tchaikovsky and Bizet.
Who doesn’t love the great melodies of Bizet’s Carmen? The amazingly gifted Russian composer, Rodion Shchedrin, pieced together all our favorite tunes into a ballet score replete with a large and rivetingly entertaining percussion section. The music itself is so amazing that you won’t miss the dancers. Our principal oboist, formerly occupying the same position with Milwaukee Symphony, will warm your hearts with the rapturously beautiful Vaughan Williams concerto. Completing the program is arguably the most important and best known work for string orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s stunning Serenade for Strings.
Founded in 1995 by Music Director Alan Heatherington, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra is composed of the finest professional musicians in the Chicago metropolitan area, including many members of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Thoughtful, challenging programming demonstrates a commitment to excellence and artistic vitality that sets Ars Viva apart from other orchestras. With diligent attention to detail and a profound knowledge of style and musical history, Maestro Heatherington commands a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. It is the goal of Ars Viva not only to present an interesting variety of music at the highest level of performance quality, but to help audiences engage with the music in new ways.