Fr. Bob and Chris White, jazz pianist and CN favorite, were interviewed by Juan Carlos Hernandez in July 2013 on the Community Forum of Chicago Action Telelvision Network (CAN- TV). See it here!
A Tribute to Friar Robert Hutmacher, ofm
On Sunday, December 9, 2012 a gathering of musicians in the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy will pay tribute to composer, Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm, artistic director of Chiesa Nuova. This concert was developed by Paolo Castellani, member of both I Solisti di Perugia and Sator Duo. Both of these skilled professional groups have performed here in Chicago and numerous times in Assisi with Fr. Bob. Joining them will be renowned tenor, Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, o.f.m. and actor Luca Tironzelli who will do dramatic readings from The Little Flowers of St. Francis.
You may be familiar with some works on the program from his concerts and recordings, including Mystic Vista and Harboring the Holy. Other selections come from his vocal and instrumental music about Francis and Clare. For this occasion he’s also composed a new piece for Fra Alessandro: God So Loved the World for orchestra and voice. Since both ensembles are well-known to Bob he also composed Creation Rejoices, a large dialogue between the orchestra and Sator Duo (violin & guitar) in a Renaissance style. This concert will be the seventh time he has performed in the Basilicas and concert halls of Assisi. We ask your prayerful support for this concert.
Basilica of St. Clare (Assisi, Italy)
Chiesa Nuova has presented over 450 artists in the United States and three public concerts in Europe during the past 16 years. Songs of Mother Earth, by Robert M. Hutmacher and Philip Granchi, was the first ever public event held in 1995, and that was followed by a benefit concert by world renowned bass-baritone, Alan Held, in the Chicago Cultural Center in 1996. Chiesa Nuova has hosted numerous artists at the Laflin Street salon venue including actors such as Megan Wells, Lisa Wagner and Dennis Newport, Grammy winner CSO clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and his wife Teresa, Stacy Eckert, Alan Held, Ngoma Group, Grammy winner cellist Nicholas Photinos of eight blackbird ensemble, Yasuko Oura and Vladimir Leyetchkiss.
Chiesa Nuova has presented various artists in other venues around Chicago, in the Midwest, Assisi, Italy and Germany.
Our Artists Reflect on the Chiesa Nuova Experience . . .
"I have been so happy to perform under the sponsorship of Chiesa Nuova. Working with the organization has been a thrill and a greatly stimulating experience. How wonderful it is to not only perform for an audience in an intimate space, but to also have the chance to deply communicate with the people as well in times of discussion and fellowship before, during and after concerts." Alan Held, bass -baritone
During the 33 years I have lived in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it has been my pleasure to have been associated with numerous artistic and educational organizations. None has been more important or all-inclusive than Chiesa Nuova in its mission. It is a true gem, a great asset to the people of Chicago as they bring the beauty of art and music to our community and our world when it is most needed! John Bruce Yeh, Asst. Principal Clarinet, CSO
Playing at Chiesa Nuova always gives me a feeling that I am in a time machine at least 200 years ago. The intimate setting and very appreciative audiences add to its character. As a concert pianist I play at many different venues, and Chiesa Nuova has always been one of my favorites. Jeeyoon Kim, Butler University, Indianapolis
Chiesa Nuova has become one of my favorite venues to perform in Chicago. Fr. Bob has created a cozy, inviting atmosphere at this West Loop gem. The Schimmel has a beautiful tone and is a joy to play. The atmosphere is relaxed, the audience always attentive and appreciative. What a contrast to the noisy din of hotels! Chris White, North Park University, Chicago
"It is my sincere hope that Chiesa Nuova will continue to expand and touch many more lives with its message, its vision, its artistry, its deep respect for the human person and our need for beauty and community." Denise LaGiglia, vocalist and flutist
"I have played in many places and institutions in Chicago and I want to tell you that I love to play under the auspices of Chiesa Nuova. This group of people and their work bring together many people from different backgrounds in a genuine spirit of gentleness and openness." Dr. Vladimir Leyetchkiss, pianist
"In 2005 we were given the privilege of being invited to perform in Chicago at Chiesa Nuova. We found there a generous hospitality in a large community of positive, sincere, open and peaceful people, very fond of music and all sorts." Members of I Solisti di Perugia
"Still Point Theatre Collective has been privileged to perform on several occasions at Chiesa Nuova. Through Chiesa Nuova, Still Point has reached new audiences and emboldened our mission." Lisa Wagner-Carollo, Founder and Director, Still Point Theatre Collective