OCT 26: song | sky

6:30p Talk | 7:30p Concert

St James Cathedral @ 65 E Huron St, Chicago


CCO begins its 10th Anniversary season with a world premiere Let Me Sing from Chicago-based composer Eric Malmquist. Guest soprano Ariana Strahl will be featured performing a song cycle inspired by the works of Djuna Barnes, Sara Teasdale and Frances Harper.  Other works by Christopher Cerrone, Mara Gibson and Brandon Harrington.

Eric Malmquist 
Let Me Sing

Eric Malmquist’s Let Me Sing captures the voices of historic female American poets in a song cycle for orchestra and soprano, featuring Ariana Strahl.

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Ariana Strahl, soprano

A singer devoted to storytelling, soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘devastating brilliance and incredible ease.’

Mara Gibson
Secret Sky

Gibson’s Secret Sky, depicts the migrations and songs of birds; it is anchored by the words of Rumi: “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

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Brandon Harrington

Brandon Harrington’s Rest speaks to the final moments before and after the passing of his grandfather.

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Cristopher Cerrone
Will There Be Singing?

Cerrone’s dark political work  is inspired by lines from Bertolt Brecht:

In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.

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Online sales have ended. Tickets are available at the door. Cash and cards accepted.