Chicago Sinfonietta, led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will launch its 2018-19 season with "I.D.: Images of Diversity" on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago's Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
"I.D." will feature the Jeff-award winning guest artist Steep Theatre Company. The program includes works by Giuseppe Verdi ( Nabucco Overture ), Aaron Copland ( Variations on a Shaker Melody from "Appalachian Spring" ), Arturo Marquez (Danzon No 2, and James Price Johnson ( Drums "A Symphonic Poem" ).
The show will conclude with a multimedia performance and the Chicago premiere of Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America. This piece, composed in 2002, celebrates the historic U.S. immigrant experience and the American dream, employing actors from Chicago's Steep Theatre Company and projected historical images from the Ellis Island archives.
Tickets are $10-$62 each; visit ChicagoSinfonietta.org .