2023 Season

The Grant Park Chorus

Brahms Requiem

When & Where

Concerts
Fri Jul 21 2023 Add to Cal
Sat Jul 22 2023 Add to Cal Jay Pritzker PavilionInfo

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Open Rehearsals
Tue Jul 18 2023 Add to Cal
Thu Jul 20 2023 Add to Cal
Fri Jul 21 2023 Add to Cal Jay Pritzker PavilionInfo
Pre-Concert Talks
Fri Jul 21 2023 Add to Cal
Sat Jul 22 2023 Add to Cal Chase Promenade North TentInfo

Program

Joel Thompson: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed  
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem
 

Program Notes

Description

Carlos Kalmar leads the Grant Park Orchestra with the acclaimed Grant Park Chorus and soloists in Johannes Brahms' choral masterpiece A German Requiem*, written for the bereaved after the death of the composer's mother. The concert opens with another choral tribute, Joel Thompson' chilling cantata Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. Each movement is a setting of the last words uttered by seven unarmed men who were killed by police officers or by vigilantes—Kenneth Chamberlain, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, and Eric Garner. The Festival welcomes soloists Maeve Höglund and baritone Hugh Russell.

During the Brahms Requiem, members of the Grant Park Orchestra will play instruments provided by Violins of Hope, a private collection of violins, violas, and cellos that once belonged to Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. The presentation of these instruments is hosted by JCC Chicago.

Featuring

Carlos Kalmar

Conductor

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Johannes Brahms

Composer

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Joel Thompson

Composer

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Maeve Höglund

soprano

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Hugh Russell

baritone

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Violins of Hope
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