Chicago Symphony musician featured in Humanities Festival

Posted on: October 28, 2010

In Wednesday’s (10/27) Chicago Sun-Times, Misha Davenport writes, “For this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, we sing the body electric. The body is the theme for this year; the festival continues through Nov. 14. Matti Bunzl, the festival’s associate artistic director, said the theme encompasses a shift in how academics and scholars view the humanities. … Bunzl cited the inclusion of racial figures in ‘60s artwork to convey a political message or the body’s portrayal in cubist works by Picasso as some of the more obvious examples. … Paintings aren’t the only vehicle to explore this year’s theme, though. The ambitious festival line-up covers nearly every form of entertainment, culture and method of expression. One of Bunzl’s top picks is Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn. Kleijn will unveil a seven-movement solo cello piece called ‘Oil-Free Blush’ on Nov. 14 at the Francis W. Parker School … that was commissioned by the festival. … ‘Katinka will explore the chemical make-up of cosmetics through speaking, movement and of course playing her cello,’ he said. ‘I’m hoping this will become a signature piece for her.’ Chicago Sun-Times free-lance classical music critic Andrew Patner will moderate the event.”

Posted October 28, 2010