African American pianist Leon Bates performs under the direction of Maestro Paul Freeman in the Chicago Sinfonietta concert “Portraits of the Blues/Back Into Space” on May 11 and 12, 2008. The orchestra's website gives the details:
We’ll explore the Blues in all of its variations. John Primer, guitarist in the legendary Muddy Waters band, joins the Sinfonietta in a World Premiere orchestration of three of his songs, while pianist Leon Bates performs Gershwin’s masterpiece. In the second half, we welcome back Adler Planetarium astronomer and video artist José Francisco Salgado for our second multimedia extravaganza set to Pictures at an Exhibition.
Three Songs for Bluesman & Orchestra
Rhapsody in Blue
Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Pictures at an Exhibition
Sunday May 11, 2:30 pm, Dominican University, 7900 W Division, River Forest
Monday May 12, 7:30 pm, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Ave, Chicago