Chicago Sinfonietta’s MLK concerts: “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” Mahler, songs and spirituals

Posted on: January 16, 2020

The Chicago Sinfonietta’s January 19 and 20 concerts in Chicago and Naperville, paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., will feature the Chicago premiere of Joel Thompson’s The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a setting of the final words of unarmed black men before they were killed by police or authority figures. The program also will include Patty Griffin’s song “Up to the Mountain,” featuring vocalist Kymberli Joli, a semifinalist on NBC’s The Voice; the traditional spiritual “Deep River”; the John Legend/Common song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma; and the fifth movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”). Conductors at the concert will be Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush, and Kedrick Armstrong, a Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellowship alumnus. Performers will also include the Adrian Dunn Singers, North Central College Concert Choir, and Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus.