Chicago Arts Orchestra

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Friday, November 3
Athenaeum Theatre
ADMISSION: $25 General / $15 Students, Children, Seniors


Chicago Arts Orchestra – The CAO was established by a group musicians and creative artists to perform great music and to make music accessible and affordable. Comprised of professional musicians with active performance schedules in Chicago, the CAO aims to achieve its mission by providing educational opportunities for the community through the performance of historic and new orchestral music. The CAO seeks to be innovative in its programming and presentation of concerts. The CAO, under Artistic Director Javier José Mendoza, strives to touch an underserved and neglected audience by championing orchestral music.

Eduardo Fernández – The Uruguayan guitarist, Eduardo Fernández, has played, with success, in many European countries, and in the Far East, as well as in South America and Mexico. Recognized as one of today’s leading guitarists, he has a vivid interest in historical instruments, and he plays often the repertoire of the 19th century on a period guitar. Eduardo Fernández is also active as a teacher, having taught several years at the University’s School of Music in Montevideo, where he is now a fellow researcher, as well as being very much in demand for masterclasses and lectures all around the world.

Richard Scofano – Richard Scofano, a superlative master of the bandoneón, was born in Paso de los Libres, Argentina. Descendant of three generations of bandoneón players, Scofano is considered one of today’s most important bandoneonists. Beyond his recognized virtuosity at his instrument, Scofano is also an accomplished composer (creator of the New Chamamé), arranger, producer and musical director. He began his studies at the age of five, with his father Ricardo Scofano, a living legend in the Argentine musical genre of Chamamé. Scofano grew up in an environment surrounded by music and folkloric traditions and, thanks to the support of his family, quickly became an expert and an authority in both Chamamé and Tango.

Javier Mendoza – Javier Mendoza, Artistic Director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra, was recently appointed Orchestra Director at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Active in a movement to unearth and re-debut forgotten works from eighteenth-century New Spain, Mendoza is energetically re-premiering pieces from archives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain in an effort to bring this wonderful music back into public awareness. Under Mendoza’s direction the CAO has consistently been named a “Critics Pick” by Time Out Chicago and a “Recommend” by the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein.

Program & Synopsis

Eduardo Fernandez, guitar soloist; Richard Scofano, bandoneon soloist; Javier Mendoza, conductor


• Immigrant Music, Elbio Barilari

• Moving Lights, Gustavo Leone

• Iberá Concert for Bandoneón and Orchestra, Richard Scofano

• Concerto for Guitar, Heitor Villa-Lobos with Eduardo Fernandez, Guitar


This concert of the CAO showcases Eduardo Fernández playing Villa-Lobos’ guitar concert as well as Richard Scofano premiering his own bandoneon concerto.