Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

May 24

8:00 PM

Friday, May 24, 2019

Pianist Jason Moran, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow with a command of jazz history that seems to flow from his fingertips, returns to Symphony Center for a performance of Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration, a Symphony Center Presents Jazz series premiere. For this ambitious project, Moran and his wife, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, weave together a broad spectrum of musical styles to tell the story of the African-Americans who relocated from the South and how their journey shaped American culture.

Photo by Dawoud Bey


A preconcert conversation will feature Chicago historian, Timuel Black, discussing Chicago’s Great Migration prior to this evening’s performance.

Location: Grainger Ballroom
Time: 7-7:30 p.m.

Open to jazz series subscribers and members of the African American Network. RSVPs requested.


To be announced from stage.


Jason Moran piano
Alicia Hall Moran mezzo-soprano
Pastor Smokie Norful piano and vocals
Margo Jefferson host
Seth Parker Woods cello
Jason Tyson piano
Rico McFarland guitar
Tony Llorens guitar
Imani Winds
Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
Gerald Powell director

In “Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration,” Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran weave a musical chronicle about the millions of African Americans who left the rural South for the industrial North during the 20th century. Of the work, which explores how the Great Migration shaped spirituals, blues, swing, classical art song and poetry, Jason Moran observes: "African American musicians have stepped onto the grand stages in the great American cities they helped to build." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


SCP Jazz series sponsor:

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Crane Group.

Media Sponsors:

Funding for educational programs during the 2018/19 SCP Jazz season has been generously provided by Dan J. Epstein, Judy Guitelman and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation

This performance is sponsored by a generous grant from The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.