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December 2018

free and open to the public

Honoring Refugee Composers

December 16 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Crossing Borders Music honors refugees around the world in this performance of music written by or about refugees! The program includes the “Refugees Anthem” by the composer Arian, who is a Syrian refugee currently living in China. Also presented will be string quartet arrangements of the beautiful Al Ayloughs and Shogher Jan by the famous Armenian composer Komitas, followed by Armenian composer Tatev Amiryan’s “Tristesse,” a homage to Komitas. In Amiryan's piece she expresses Komitas’ pain and sorrow as the Armenian Genocide forced him…

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January 2019

$10

Exploring Peru through Song and Dance

January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
GCE Lab School, 1535 N Dayton St
Chicago, IL 60642 United States

Explore Peru through its songs, dances, and chamber music in this concert for string quartet and voice! Singer Carolina Gomez of the Mulati Ensemble will sing favorite folk songs including "La flor de la canela" ("The Cinnamon Flower"). Hear also "Manaña cuando me vaya" ("When I Leave Tomorrow"), the Afro-Peruvian Christmas dance Hatajo de Negritos, the Andean Passacalle "El Huascarán," the Danza Peruana No. 8 by Armando Guevara Ochoa, and more! Suggested donation: $10 at the door With Carolina Gomez, voice; Caitlin Edwards and…

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February 2019

free and open to the public

First Blacks Chicago

February 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Olive Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60628 United States

Hear the ground-breaking world premiere of music honoring the legacies of three black Chicago trailblazers: Chicago’s Haitian founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable; Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington; and the first black president, Barack Obama! The program includes the epic world premiere performances of music commissioned by Crossing Borders Music for the event, including the reflective “Nostalgia” by Rudy Perrault, honoring DuSable; the incredible excitement of Gi Frants’ “Fraternitas! Fraternitas! Dei Patris Nomine,” a musical tribute to Washington; and…

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free and open to the public

First Blacks Chicago

February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Hear the ground-breaking world premiere of music honoring the legacies of three black Chicago trailblazers: Chicago's Haitian founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable; Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington; and the first black president, Barack Obama! The program includes the epic world premiere performances of music commissioned by Crossing Borders Music for the event, including the reflective "Nostalgia" by Jean "Rudy" Perrault, honoring DuSable; the incredible excitement of Gifrants's "Fraternitas! Fraternitas! Dei Patris Nomine," a musical tribute to Washington; and…

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free after museum general admission

Exploring Haitian Spirituality through Music

February 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States

Explore the amazing and deep spirituality of Haiti in this unique performance of chamber music for string trio by Haitian composers! Learn how the spiritual beliefs of Haitian Vodou led to the founding of the world's first black republic. Then hear how Haitian spirituality and Vodou music inspired Haitian composer Werner Jaegerhuber's captivating Trio. Be stirred by Sabrina C D Jean Louis' heart-felt testament of her deep Christian faith in her piece "Allo Seigneur" ("Hello Lord"). Then hear Fritz Bernardin's…

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April 2019

free and open to the public

Of Folk, Faith, and Fellowship: Exploring Chicago’s African-American Women Composers

April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Join pianist and scholar Samantha Ege in exploring the music and lives of four great composers! Florence Price and Margaret Bonds lived and composed on Chicago's South Side during the remarkable artistic period of the Chicago Black Renaissance in the 1930s. Supported in their friendship in the midst of a thriving arts environment, these trail-blazing women created historic and ground-breaking compositions influenced by African-American folk melodies - especially spirituals.  Ege also explores the  remarkable music of contemporary composers Dolores White…

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May 2019

free and open to the public

Cello Around the World

May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Haitian American Museum of Chicago – HAMOC, 4654 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
Tom Clowes

In celebration of Haitian Flag Day, Crossing Borders Music founder Tom Clowes performs solo cello music by composers from Haiti, Cambodia, Germany, Egypt, and Colombia at the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Said Clowes, "I wanted to volunteer my talents at the Haitian American Museum of Chicago to promote the great work they do exposing people to Haitian culture and beyond." The program will include Solace by Haitian-Canadian composer Gifrants, a transcription of the traditional Haitian melody Erzulie Malade ("Erzulie Is…

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