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In a city where maestros come and go, Paul Freeman has spent nearly a quarter of a century with this local gem. Be there to yell “Bravo!” when he hands off the baton.
May 22–23 Twenty-four years after founding the Sinfonietta, Freeman leads the orchestra one last time before passing the baton to Mei-Ann Chen. A diverse, all-female bill includes works by the Pulitzer winners Jennifer Higdon and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. May 22: at 2:30, Lund Auditorium, Dominican U, 7900 W Division, River Forest. May 23: at 7:30, Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. $26–$96. chicagosinfonietta.org.
Photograph: Ken Carl