Chicago Currents is an “operamentary” – an art song concert that also uses some techniques of documentary storytelling.
The music takes audiences on a chronological journey through Chicago’s history through the lens of the Chicago River. While we experience these songs and stories, including works from Chicago poets and composers, historical information will be presented through projection to further contextualize the music. There’s more to your home than just what’s inside the walls of your space – come learn about its history and the land itself.
The program repertoire includes works by Indigenous composers Kirsten Kunkle, Ian Cusson, and Andrew Balfour; Haitian composer Justin Elie; gems by prominent African-American composers Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh, and H. Leslie Adams; settings of American folk songs by Steven Mark Kohn; as well as works from the catalog of Chicago composers Stacy Garrop, Eric Malmquist, John Alden Carpenter, and Ernst Bacon.