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Music and Stories Around the World
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree and open to the public
“Music and Stories Around the World” celebrates music for strings by composers from all around the world! This totally unique, brand new, family-friendly program shares music and stories from Armenia, the Chickasaw Nation, Haiti, Peru, Iran, Taiwan, Uganda, and the US!
Learn the story of legendary Armenian composer, music educator, and ethnomusicologist Komitas, and then hear his music performed by string quartet. Learn the proud tradition of the Afro-Peruvian Hatajo de Negritos dance, then hear its music. Learn the story of the Andean miners that accompanied the original version of “El Condor Pasa” by Peruvian composer Daniel Robles, then hear the piece in its original version. Learn about Chicago’s Haitian founder Jean Baptise Pointe du Sable, then hear Haitian composer Sabrina C D Jean Louis’ musical tribute to him. Learn how Chicago south-sider Florence Price became the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major symphony, then hear her contrapuntal arrangements African-American and other American folk songs. Hear how Taiwanese used music to keep their spirits strong after World War II, then hear the resilient song they sang. Don’t miss this unique, uplifting, and inspiring performance!
“Music and Stories Around the World” is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its 7th year, the 2019 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 2,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects vary from traditional performances and concerts, to peace rallies, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, site specific projects, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 140 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this citywide initiative.
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.