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Vivid 2013 to be held April 9 at Auditorium Theatre

Posted: 03/27/2013
Classical music lovers will hear a musical tour of Europe given by some of Roosevelt University’s most talented student musicians as Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) presents Vivid 2013 beginning at 7:30 p.m. on April 9 in the spectacular setting of the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

The CCPA Symphony Orchestra will be joined by award-winning Roosevelt student pianist Alice Chenyang Xu, a native of Sichuan, China, and winner of CCPA’s solo competition, for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a brilliant work for solo piano and orchestra based on a melody by the 19th century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini.

Free and open to the public, Vivid will feature classics reminiscent of Spain, France and Italy and will showcase some of the very best of the college’s classically-trained musicians. The program will include performances of Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, a technically challenging piece that incorporates Spanish musical themes with complicated melodies; George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which was inspired by time the composer spent in Paris, evoking sights and sounds of the French capital; and Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome, which depicts various parts of the Eternal City at different times of the day.

James Paul, music director and conductor of the Oregon Festival of American Music and former principal and guest conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival, will be the evening’s guest conductor.

 “Once again, we are providing any and all in Chicagoland with an opportunity to see and hear some of the region’s most talented and promising young musicians who are being trained at CCPA,” said Henry Fogel, dean of CCPA who will be the Vivid 2013 master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the free event are required and can be picked up at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway, from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays, (312)-341-2310 or can be reserved with a $1 service fee per ticket at For information on special seating for people with disabilities, call 312-341-2389.