Mavis Staples with special guest Celisse

Feb 4, 2023
Mavis Staples


Civil rights icon and living legend Mavis Staples returns to Symphony Center for one night only. With a presence "so unfailingly joyful that you never take your eyes off her" (The New Yorker), Chicago’s own Mavis Staples will bring her iconic smoky sound to Orchestra Hall in a scintillating evening of soul, gospel and her signature brand of R&B. Celisse, the phenomenal singer/songwriter and spoken word artist, opens the program with a “powerhouse voice, infectious personality and guitar shredding that earned her standing ovations” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Program to be announced from the stage.
Vocals and guitar

This performance is made possible with the generous support of William R. Jentes.

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