African American Network: Treasures of Haitian Piano Music

May 3

6:00 PM

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Explore the rich musical traditions of late 19th- and 20th-century Haitian romantic piano repertoire in a recital performed by former Civic Orchestra Principal Pianist Marianne Parker. Works will include repertoire by renowned composer Ludovic Lamothe and other pieces that blend African and French influences to express Haiti’s multi-faceted cultural identity.

Tickets: $15

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The mission of the CSOA’s African American Network is to engage Chicago’s culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences while building relationships for generations to come. The AAN seeks to serve and encourage individuals and families, educators and students, musicians and composers, and churches and businesses to discover and experience the timeless beauty of music. For more information about the AAN, visit


Marianne Parker piano

“Haiti has a long and repetitive culture of oppression, and I think in large part it’s not an accident that [these compositions] are not known,” said Chicago-based pianist Marianne Parker, the featured artist for the AAN recital. “It’s wonderful that so many of these scores have been preserved as well as they have, so it enables scholars and performers to come in and do the work that allows them to be more accessible.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories