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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
4:00 PM


Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901


FREE and open to the public


Music Department


Chi-chi Nwanoku studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRCM) teacher’s and her ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) performer’s with Honors. She was awarded the Principal’s Prize and the Eugene Cruft Double Bass Prize after graduating, and later won win four scholarships, including The Royal Society of Arts, to further her studies with Franco Petracchi in Rome.

She has become one of England’s most sought after double bassists, and has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the finest musicians on her instrument today.

Chi-chi's first professional position was as principal double bass with the London Mozart Players, and since then she has worked as principal and soloist with many of Europe’s prestigious chamber orchestras and ensembles. These include the Academy of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, English Baroque Soloists, London Classical Players and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.

She is Principal Double Bass with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (of which she is also a founder member) and Endymion Ensemble. She is professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and gives masterclasses at music institutions worldwide.

UChicago Residency Schedule*:

Feb. 9
Black Cinema House (A program of Rebuild Foundation)
7200 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago

"Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line"
Dirs: Barrie Gavin & Chris Cox , UK, 50 min.

Barrie Gavin's and Chris Cox's compelling documentary portrait of Chi-chi Nwanoku, a world renowned virtuoso of one of the most challenging musical instruments, the double bass. The effervescent and indomitable Chi-chi recounts the hurdles she faced growing up as a mixed-race child and scaling the musical establishment in Britain, interspersed with luscious performances of Haydn, Berlioz, Elgar, Dvorak, and others.

Ms. Nwanoku will be in person at the screening for a Q&A afterward.

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Feb. 10
12:00-1:30 pm
Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture
5733 S. University Ave., Chicago

"Brown Bag Discussion with Students"

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Feb. 10
4:00-6:00 pm
Logan Center, Penthouse (9th fl)
915 E. 60th St.

"Double bass Master Class"


Feb. 11
1:00-2:30 pm
Currency Exchange Café
305 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago

"Table Talk"
(lunch provided)

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*Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and Arts+Public Life.