University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs: A Child of Our Time
The University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, and Motet Choir join forces with four acclaimed Chicago-area vocal soloists to present two performances of profoundly moving and particularly timely repertoire. Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, composed in response to Nazi oppression and horror of Kristallnacht, is a compelling secular oratorio that conveys a strongly pacifist message of ultimate understanding and reconciliation. The work, which is rarely heard in its entirety, incorporates five well-known African-American spirituals within a powerful, multi-movement structure. Soloists Kimberly Jones, soprano; Leah Dexter, mezzo-soprano; Adrian Dunn, tenor; and Bill McMurray, baritone, join the 250 members of the University of Chicago ensembles on the Mandel Hall stage.
The program opens with William Grant Still’s poignant In Memoriam as well as a selection of African-American spirituals and excerpts from Morton Gould’s Spirituals for String Choir and Orchestra – an open, energetic, and communicative piece that marked the composer’s first orchestral success. Maestra Barbara Schubert conducts.
Before each concert, at 7 pm in the McCormick Tribune Lounge inside the Reynolds Club, Humanities Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow Lindsay Wright will present a lecture titled "Listening Back, Looking Forward: Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time".
Free Admission! Donations accepted at door, suggested $10 / $5 Students.
Mandel Hall: 1131 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637