Night of Song

Mar 14, 2022


The CSO MusicNOW series returns for an evening celebrating today's leading composers of contemporary art song. Vocalists Joelle Lamarre and Damien Geter illuminate works by Chicago-area composer Shawn Okpebholo, alongside new arrangements by Ayanna Woods from her co-composed opera FORCE!* and the world premiere of a new piece by Geter. Dale Trumbore’s song cycle summons a chamber ensemble of CSO musicians to accompany Robin Myers' poem about finding meaning in the coarseness of everyday life.

Arrive early to purchase a one-of-a-kind poem from the Poems While You Wait collective and take home your own souvenir from this celebration of poetry and music.

  • Venue
    Harris Theater
  • Length
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Program Book
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I Dream [World Premiere Arrangement]*


The Gleam


The Bronze Legacy [CSO MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]


A Reckoning [World Premiere Arrangement]*


Ballad of Birmingham from Two Black Churches [World Premiere Arrangement]


Oh, Glory [World Premiere Arrangement]


"A Reckoning" and "I Dream" are excerpted from FORCE!, an opera in three acts, co-composed by Ayanna Woods, Anna Martine Whitehead, Angel Bat Dawid and Philip Armstrong, with words by Anna Martine Whitehead.

Sponsors & Partners

Major support for CSO MusicNOW is generously provided by the Zell Family Foundation, Cindy Sargent, the Sally Mead Hands Foundation and the Julian Family Foundation.

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