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Chicago Composers Orchestra: Hymn to Humanity

  • st james cathedral 65 East Huron Street Chicago, IL, 60611 United States (map)

Tickets: $15

David Lang – statement to the court
Julia Wolfe – Thirst
Eric Malmquist – Blemish’d Muse (world premiere)

Allen Tinkham, CCO Music Director
Mark Tomasino, WPCS Music Director

This concert marks the first full-length collaboration between WPCS and the Chicago Composers Orchestra, one of the few orchestras in existence that is entirely dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers.

We are very excited to present the world premiere of Blemish’d Muse, a new work for orchestra and choir by Chicago-based composer, Eric Malmquist. Eric has written music for us in the past that combines beautiful poetry with his modern style influenced by historical themes and early music. The texts of Blemish’d Muse draw from the works of Anne Bradstreet, a Puritan and the first female writer to be published in colonial New England, Philis Wheatley, a Boston slave and the first African-American female poet to be published, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg.

The program will also feature two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Lang’s statement to the court uses the text from a speech given by American Socialist, Eugene Debs, to a court after he was found guilty for speaking against the American involvement in World War I. Wolfe’s Thirst takes its text from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, and explores the metaphorical expressions of water and thirst.