Chicago Sinfonietta

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Will Liverman, baritone

January 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm | Wentz Concert Hall
January 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm | Symphony Center


Florence PRICE Ethiopia’s Shadow in America
I. The Arrival of the Negro in America when first brought here as a slave – (Introduction and Allegretto)
II. His Resignation and Faith – (Andante)
III. His Adaptation – (Allegro) – A fusion of his native and acquired impulses.

Song of the Dark Virgin


Will Liverman, baritone

Felix MENDELSSOHN Selections from ELIJAH
I. No. 14 “Draw, near all ye people – Lord God of Abraham”
II. No. 17 “Is not His Word Like a Fire”
III. No. 37 “For the Mountains Shall Depart”

Jessie MONTGOMERY Soul Force (The Dream Unfinished)*

Kathryn BOSTIC The Great Migration*
The Great Migration
The Hill Illumined
Wylie Avenue
The Oracle of Aunt Ester
Exalted Roads of Truth and Triumph

Will Liverman, narrator


*Chicago Premiere

Will Liverman is “…one of the most versatile singing artists performing today, being equally skilled in classical repertoire and less mainstream works…” – Bachtrack

Community and celebration are at the forefront of Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute concert. Opening the concert are three Florence Price works – Ethiopia’s Shadow in America, Song of the Dark Virgin, and Night, sung by renowned baritone Will Liverman. Selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH are next, followed by two Chicago premieres: Jesse Montgomery’s Soul Force, and Artist in Residence Kathryn Bostic’s work The Great Migration, with baritone Will Liverman returning as narrator. An exciting new work will be premiered for the traditional audience participation closing piece.