Interweaving World Music And Oral History
Learning From Immigrant Musicians
We study with master musicians, gathering songs and stories and learning musical styles from around the world.
Making Original Arrangements
We create our own repertoire by interweaving the music and stories we gather, arranging dramatic pieces that feature simultaneous music and storytelling.
Presenting High Quality Performances
We work with accomplished professional artists to captivate audiences with beautiful shows that celebrate world cultures.
Bringing People Together
Throughout the process, our work is based on values of inclusivity and diversity. Our goal is to build interaction and understanding among Chicago’s diverse communities and cultures.
GITANJALI: SONG OFFERINGS
Songs of devotion from Bengal, India
Premiers Nov 3, 2018!
Gitanjali: Song Offerings takes audiences on a spiritual journey via the music and poetry of Rabindranath, Tagore. Vocalists from Kolkata, India are accompanied by sweeping strings and accordion harmonies.
Premiers Nov 3, 2018!
WHERE RIVERS MEET
Stories and songs from masters of Arabic music
Where Rivers Meet is a show of Arabic music and storytelling that takes listeners down the rivers of the Middle East. String ensemble and storyteller accompany master musicians from Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine who share melodies and memories passed down in song and story.
FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY
Folktales about the earth and traditional music from around the world
Follow the Butterfly is a fun and interactive show for kids and families. String ensemble and storyteller present international folktales with themes of respecting nature and caring for the earth. Each tale is accompanied by traditional music from its respective region – Nigeria, Thailand, the United States, India, and the Amazon Rainforest.
THE WORLD IN CHICAGO
Music and stories collected from Chicago immigrant musicians
The World in Chicago is a show that celebrates immigrant musicians in Chicago. String quartet and storyteller present traditional music and moving personal stories of master musicians from Jordan, Ghana, Argentina, Thailand, and Serbia.
Chicago Folklore Ensemble’s new show, Gitanjali: Song Offerings, will premier on November 3, 2018, at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W Barry Ave., Chicago, at 7pm. Gitanjali: Song Offerings is a two-hour show that takes audiences on a spiritual journey via the music and poetry of legendary Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore. In 1912, Tagore published a book[…]
We will be performing our new show, Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music, twice this June as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series! Both shows will be free and open to the public. June 16, 2018, 2pm – Marquette Park, 6743 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL[…]
Chicago Folklore Ensemble is proud to announce the premier of our new show, Where Rivers Meet. Join us for two free shows: December 10, 2017, 3pm at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. December 17, 2017, 3pm at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Where Rivers Meet is a show of Arabic music and storytelling[…]
The Chicago Park District is offering dozens of free programs this summer for their Night Out in the Parks series. Chicago Folklore Ensemble will be performing twice! Follow The Butterfly, Revere Park Traditional music and folktales about respecting the earth; for kids and families. 2509 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago Friday, June 16, 2017 6-7[…]
Chicago Folklore Ensemble will be performing The World in Chicago as part of Old Town School of Folk Music’s World Music Wednesday Series. Join us Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 8:30 PM. 4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall Click to reserve tickets!
Chicago Folklore Ensemble will have the honor to perform excerpts from The World in Chicago at TEDxUChicago on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event starts at 10:00 AM and Chicago Folklore Ensemble will perform at 2:30 PM. Buy tickets here.
The World in Chicago, an evening of story and song! Sunday, November 27. 4pm $25 The Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 West Randolph Chicago, IL 60607 Tickets and information Join Chicago Folklore Ensemble for a show of stories and music collected from master musicians from Serbia, Ghana, Jordan, Argentina, and Thailand! This show will celebrate the[…]
The World In Chicago Sunday, October 2, 4pm 2nd Unitarian Church, 656 W Barry St, Chicago BUY TICKETS Chicago Folklore Ensemble is releasing it’s first album, entitled The World in Chicago! Please join us as we celebrate with an afternoon performance of songs and stories of Chicago immigrants, followed by a feast with food from each[…]
We are pleased to announce two free upcoming shows! They are part of Night Out In The Parks, year round events sponsored by the Chicago Park District. Tuesday, August 16, 4:30pm, Rainbow Beach Park. We’ll be performing Follow The Butterfly, our kids’ show featuring traditional music and folktales about respecting the earth. Thursday, August 18,[…]
We are pleased to announce Chicago Folklore Ensemble’s first ever solely musical performances! Please join us as we play string quartet arrangements of pieces from our show The World In Chicago – music from Jordan, Ghana, Argentina, Thailand, and Serbia. We will be joined by guest musicians from each country – Baha’a Abu-Taha, Abee Mensah,[…]