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April 2017
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Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

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

The fourth annual "Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá'ís" celebrates the music and resilience of Iranian Bahá'í composers living in the US and Canada. Their music celebrates Persian culture and tells the stories of the composers' resilience in the face of systemic persecution by Iranian authorities: risking raids and imprisonment to study and teach music, and honoring lost and imprisoned family members. The concert will include piano trios by Farid Javidan, Nikan Milani, and Safa Shahidi, Persian folk song arrangements…

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Musical Crossroads: India and the West

April 6 at 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

Renowned sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar, a student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, joins Crossing Borders Music to present his original compositions for sitar, violin, cello, and tabla. The music depicts a human life journeying through its different stages as understood in the Hindu worldview, from birth to the worldly affairs of adulthood to the renunciation of old age. The music merges traditional North Indian classical modes and rhythms with a Western style of counterpoint and innovative, modal harmonies.

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Musical Crossroads: India and the West

April 9 at 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Renowned sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar, a student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, joins Crossing Borders Music to present his original compositions for sitar, violin, cello, and tabla. The music depicts a human life journeying through its different stages as understood in the Hindu worldview, from birth to the worldly affairs of adulthood to the renunciation of old age. The music merges traditional North Indian classical modes and rhythms with a Western style of counterpoint and innovative, modal harmonies. The concert is…

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May 2017
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Meditation and Passion: Uncovering Piano Masterworks of Haiti

May 28 at 2:00 pm
Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave
Chicago, IL 60657 United States

Marianne Parker interprets great Haitian piano repertoire from across the 20th century by Ludovic Lamothe (aka "Black Chopin"), Carmen Brouard, and more. The concert is free and open to the public. Listen to enjoy: Elegie-Meringue - Edmond Saintonge   Quatre Danses - Ludovic Lamothe   Nocturne No. 1 from Quatre Nocturnes - Carmen Brouard   Pages intimes - Edmond Saintonge No. 1 Desesperance No. 2 Melancholie, Mazurka de Salon No. 3 Causerie sentimentale   Sonate Folklorique (en sol majeur, sur…

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June 2017
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Colombia Tierra Querida – Colombia, Dear Land

June 1 at 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

Crossing Borders Music joins forces with The Mulati Ensemble to perform seldom-heard compositions, world premiere arrangements, and uplifting Colombian folk songs and dances. Included on the program will be a premiere performance of "Tiger" by Eustasio Rosales. Rosales, known as Chicago's first Hispanic composer, was a Colombian immigrant whose works were celebrated in his life time and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His scores, in storage and forgotten for decades, have been recently rediscovered. The concert also includes a…

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Meditation and Passion: Uncovering Piano Masterworks from Haiti – Live and on WFMT

June 2 at 12:00 pm
PianoForte Foundation, 1335 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Marianne Parker interprets great Haitian piano repertoire from across the 20th century by Ludovic Lamothe (aka "Black Chopin"), Carmen Brouard, and more. This program will be broadcast live on Chicago's WFMT 98.7FM and streamed worldwide at WFMT.com as a part of the PianoForte Salon Series.   Listen to enjoy: Elegie-Meringue - Edmond Saintonge   Quatre Danses - Ludovic Lamothe   Nocturne No. 1 from Quatre Nocturnes - Carmen Brouard   Pages intimes - Edmond Saintonge No. 1 Desesperance No. 2…

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Colombia Tierra Querida – Colombia, Dear Land

June 4 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Crossing Borders Music joins forces with The Mulati Ensemble to perform seldom-heard compositions, world premiere arrangements, and uplifting Colombian folk songs and dances. Included on the program will be a premiere performance of "Tiger" by Eustasio Rosales. Rosales, known as Chicago's first Hispanic composer, was a Colombian immigrant whose works were celebrated in his life time and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His scores, in storage and forgotten for decades, have been recently rediscovered. The concert also includes a…

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New Voices: Celebrating Young American Indian Musicians

June 11 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
American Indian Center of Chicago, 3401 W Ainslie St
Chicago, 60625 United States

Crossing Borders Music joins Shki Bmaadzi to showcase the musical accomplishments of young American Indian composers, performers, and dancers in the first-ever event of its kind. The concert will include performances of string quartets by Chickasaw composers Cruise Berry and Katie Barrick, as well as music and dancing in the style used in inter-tribal powwows performed by Shki Bmaadzi and featuring members of the Chi Nations Youth Council, including original choreography to selected music for string quartet. The performance will take place at…

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August 2017
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Crossing Borders Music at the Thirsty Ears Street Festival!

August 12 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Access Contemporary Music, 1758 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, 60640 United States

Crossing Borders Music performs at the Thirsty Ear Street Festival, sharing chamber music by composers from Egypt, Colombia, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, and more! More about the Thirsty Ear Festival here: https://www.acmusic.org/thirsty-ears-street-festival/ The program includes the Haitian Vodou-inspired Papa Legba Ouvè Baryè a (Papa Legba Open the Gate) and Papa Legba Femen Baryè a (Papa Legba Close the Gate) by Haitian composer Jean "Rudy" Perrault; Ise Oluwa, inspired by a Yoruba Christian hymn, by Nigerian composer Godwin Sadoh; String Quartet #3…

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String Quartets from Around the World at Plymouth Place

August 12 at 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

Crossing Borders Music shares string quartets, trios, and duos by composers from Egypt, Colombia, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, and more! The program includes the Haitian Vodou-inspired Papa Legba Ouvè Baryè a (Papa Legba Open the Gate) and Papa Legba Femen Baryè a (Papa Legba Close the Gate) by Haitian composer Jean "Rudy" Perrault; Ise Oluwa, inspired by a Yoruba Christian hymn, by Nigerian composer Godwin Sadoh; String Quartet #3 "Donne XIV," inspired by a Muskogee Creek hymn, by Chickasaw composer…

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