Chicago Opera Theater (C.O.T.) will present the world premiere performances of Dan Shore’s provocative Freedom Ride at the restored, 725 seat Studebaker Theater, located in the iconic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.
During the sweltering summer of 1961 the Congress of Racial Equality is in New Orleans seeking volunteers to ride to Jackson to help combat segregation. Xavier University student Sylvie Davenport is handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus. Sylvie must choose between her academic future and the future of this nation in a story that highlights how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Developed at Xavier University in collaboration with some of the activists who lived this history, C.O.T. Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya will conduct musicians from the critically acclaimed Chicago Sinfonietta.
Three performances only, February 8th, 14th and February 16, 2020.
Don’t miss this World Premiere event!
Edward Kelsey Moore is principal cello for these performances.
90 minutes, with no intermission.
Performed in English with English supertitles.
Chicago Opera Theater / Chicago Sinfonietta
Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 7:30pm World Premiere
Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 7:30pm Performance
Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm Matinee Performance
(Please note that February 8th is sold out. Some tickets are available for February 14th, but only two dozen tickets remain for the February 16th closing performance — at the time of this posting.)
The Studebaker Theater / Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago Opera Theater is a nationally recognized opera company which expands the tradition of opera as a living art form, with an emphasis on Chicago premieres, including new contemporary operas for a 21st century audience.
This Sunday and Monday Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The orchestra’s traditions meld with impactful social issues for two of the most stirring MLK Tribute Concerts ever!
Take part in a poignant musical conversation between Sinfonietta Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and his sister, "The Voice" semi-finalist Kymberli Joye. The two will combine forces on Patty Griffin’s Up to the Mountain.
Experience Joel Thompson’s moving testament to those lost to police violence, The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. Then, restore faith and hope with the evening’s uplifting remaining program: John Legend and Common’s Academy Award-winning, Glory, from the film Selma, and one of classical music’s most enveloping, emotional endings in Mahler’s Symphony No.2 -Resurrection, featuring Chicago Sinfonietta alongside two Chicago area choirs!
Edward Kelsey Moore will be performing among his Sinfonietta colleagues.
Chicago Sinfonietta ~ MLK Tribute Concerts
Sunday, January 19, 2020—3:00 p.m. matinee
WENTZ CONCERT HALL
171 E. Chicago Ave. ~ Naperville, IL
Monday, January 20, 2020—7:30 p.m.
220 S Michigan Ave. ~ Chicago, IL