2024 Season

Soprano Karen Slack

Songs of Freedom

When & Where

Concerts
Wed Jun 19 2024 Add to Cal Jay Pritzker PavilionInfo

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Open Rehearsals
Tue Jun 18 2024 Add to Cal
Wed Jun 19 2024 Add to Cal Jay Pritzker PavilionInfo
Pre-Concert Talks
Wed Jun 19 2024 Add to Cal Chase Promenade North TentInfo

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio
Margaret Bonds: The Montgomery Variations
Jessie Montgomery: Five Freedom Songs
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

Description

Music and the struggle for freedom go hand in hand. Here, Carlos Kalmar pairs overtures written for Beethoven's French Revolution-era drama Fidelio with two works championing freedom and social justice in our own country: Jessie Montgomery's Five Freedom Songs, based on the historical anthology Slave Songs of the United States, and Chicago-composer Margaret Bonds's Montgomery Variations, dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CONCERT SPONSORS

This concert is generously supported by American Accents Series Sponsor AbelsonTaylor.

Featuring

Carlos Kalmar

Conductor

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Composer

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Jessie Montgomery

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Margaret Bonds

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Grant Park Orchestra
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Karen Slack

Soprano

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