Thursday, December 16, 2010

'A Dream Unfolds,' Maestro Paul Freeman's Final Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 15, 16 & 17

[TOP: Maestro Paul Freeman CENTER: George Walker BOTTOM: Ulysses Kay: Works for Chamber Orchestra; Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra; Kevin Scott, Conductor; Troy 961 (2007)]
“In this beloved concert tradition, guest conductor Leslie B. Dunner joins Maestro Freeman and the Sinfonietta in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through a set of five works and multiple guest artists, this celebration will commemorate King’s legacy and allow listeners to reflect on King’s indelible mark on American history. The program features the neoclassical overture from Theater Set for Orchestra by Ulysses Kay; Pulitzer Prize-winner George Walker’s Lyric for Strings; and Concerto for a Genius, arranged by Orbert Davis, featuring McArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient Reginald Robinson on piano. The second part of the program will be highlighted by George Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess, arranged by Robert Fussell Bennett and Leslie B. Dunner, where the Sinfonietta will be joined by guest vocalists Lisa Daltrius, Chauncey Packer, Donnie Ray Albert and the Chicago Community Chorus led by Keith Hampton.

KAY Theater Set for Orchestra (overture)
WALKER Lyric for Strings
ROBINSON Concerto for a Genius
arr. Davis
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess
arr. Bennett and Dunner

Conductor Paul Freeman
Guest Conductor Leslie B. Dunner
Guest Artist(s) Reginald Robinson, piano | Lisa Daltrius, Soprano | Chauncey Packer, Tenor | Donnie Ray Albert, Baritone | the Chicago Community Chorus, Keith Hampton, Artistic Director

A Dream Unfolds
Saturday Jan. 15 at 8:00pm
Wentz Concert Hall
($50 – $60)

Sunday Jan. 16 at 2:30pm
Dominican University
($26 - $40)
River Forest

Monday Jan. 17 at 7:30pm
Symphony Center
220 S Michigan Ave
($26 - $96)

[Ulysses S. Kay (1917-1995) and George Walker (b. 1922) are profiled at]

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