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Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:00pm


Pfeiffer Concert Hall
North Central College
310 E Benton Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

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Monday, January 15, 2018
7:30pm


Symphony Center
220 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604


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With words penned in 1960 by Langston Hughes that still resonate as if written by a lyricist today, with music by Laura Karpman, amplified by a cast including orchestra, opera, jazz vocals, spoken word, and archival audio samples, Ask Your Mama is the single epic, multi-media jazz/symphonic composition that will mark our 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. Don’t miss your chance to hear this Grammy® award-winning masterpiece (played live only 3 times in its history) in its full glory!


“ASK YOUR MAMA is easily one of the most moving, respectful, and authoritative evocations of a narration-based symphonic setting you’ll hear anywhere.” — Thought Catalogue

“Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive.” — Vanity Fair

17/18 ABOUT THIS CONCERT

CONDUCTOR:
Mei-Ann Chen

GUEST ARTISTS:
De'Adre Aziza, vocalist
Janai Brugger, soprano
Nnenna Freelon, jazz vocalist
Patricia Frazier, spoken word*
Kee Stein, spoken word*
*Young Chicago Authors
PROGRAM

Laura Karpman - Ask Your Mama**

** Chicago Premiere

Join us pre-show and during intermission for BRIDGE

Explore the art of social justice as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy interactive activities from American Writers Museum, and Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice, artwork from Protest Banner Lending Library, and capture memories with Fotio!

BRIDGE takes place in the Pfeiffer Lobby and in Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center. Activities and artists subject to change.




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