Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: From Ella to Mandela
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Harness your inner princess by spending a magical, musical afternoon celebrating the amazing journey that the quintessential Disney female heroine has taken since Cinderella in 1950. It all started with "Someday My Prince Will Come." Empowerment slowly crept in through the years, with The Little Mermaid's Ariel singing about "... bright young women, sick of swimming, ready to stand," right up to the 2013 song that's inspired countless belt-it-out sessions in family cars across the country: "Let It Go" from Frozen. Your whole family will be singing along and feeling inspired to make dreams come true in a big way. Learn More
Legendary trumpeter Orbert Davis and his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic present From Ella to Mandela: The Legacy of the African and American Spirit. This concert presents both a musical exploration of the contributions of female vocalists to the jazz genre and a Nelson Mandela inspired suite, Hope in Action.
From Ella to Mandela will feature some of Chicago’s most celebrated jazz vocalists – Dee Alexander, Terisa Griffin, and Maggie Brown – paying tribute to the legacies of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday. The second half of the program is Hope in Action, composed in honor of Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration. This work seamlessly weaves jazz, classical and South African inspired melodies, interspersed with moments of inspirational oration taken from Mandela’s speeches. The work culminates with a grand chorus featuring Soul Children of Chicago. Also featured are celebrated Chicago saxophonists Ari Brown and Ernest Dawkins and special guest orator, actress T’keyah Crystal Keymah.