Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An annual celebration of diversity and the values of freedom, friendship, and peace, this season friendship is the connecting theme in three fascinating works by a trio of African American composers: Florence Price, Joel Thompson, and Jeff Scott. Florence Price was friends with William Grant Still and asked him to arrange the orchestral arrangement of her fun piano work, Dances in the Canebrakes, now a Chicago Sinfonietta signature, especially with Project W; Joel Thompson is a childhood friend of Chicago Sinfonietta's new CEO, Blake-Anthony Johnson, while the extremely talented Ifetayo Ali-Landing and her mother, Lucinda Ali-Landing (a violinist in the Chicago Sinfonietta), have had long relationships with the Sinfonietta; and Jeff Scott is a new friend of the orchestra. His work, Sinfonietta of Dreams, was written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We close the online concert with a Chicago Sinfonietta tradition: We Shall Overcome, performed in unison from homes across the country in a spirit of hope and resilience.
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