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Chicago Immigrant Orchestra

This performance is a co-presentation of Krannert Center and the International and Area Studies Library. This event is free to University of Illinois students, faculty, staff, and their guests, but tickets are required for all audience members.

Dedicated to the authenticity and historicity of living musical traditions, the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra was established in 1999 by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to perform as part of the first annual Chicago World Music Festival. Directed by Willy Schwartz, the orchestra involved Chicago musicians from the immigrant community representing music from all over the globe. The project lasted through 2004 and had a lasting impact on the Chicago music scene.

In 2019, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events approached guitarist Fareed Haque and oud player Wanees Zarour to restart the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra and headline 2020’s Chicago World Music Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra performed a critically acclaimed virtual concert in September 2020.

The new CIO today is a 20-piece ensemble that consists of members of the Chicago immigrant community, representing musical traditions from all over the world. In this fresh approach under the direction of Haque and Zarour, Chicago Immigrant Orchestra musicians from the Far East to Western Europe, Africa and the Americas are thoroughly involved in the evolution of the musical ideas that are presented. One orchestra, a world of music.

If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.

Additional support is provided by:
Center for Global Studies
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Center for African Studies
Illinois Global Institute
Center for Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
Robert E. Brown Center for World Music
Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
Library Outreach and Engagement Committee

Event Details

Colwell Playhouse
Tu Sep 27, 2022 - 7:30pm CT
Advocate 70 / Standard 30 / SC 25 / STU 15 / YTH 10 / UI Faculty, Staff, Students, & Guests FREE