Musicians Rising for Racial Justice

Eleven Chicago string quartets joined Make Music Day celebrations across the country on June 21st, 2017 for performances of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings. Quartets from Boston to St. Louis will performed two works simultaneously at 11:30am and 5:00pm CST. In Chicago, each quartet performed at a different location around the city in the morning before coming together for a collective performance in the evening at Cloudgate Plaza, Millennium Park.

Two American Pulitzer Prize-winning composers — one white and one black — Barber and Walker both used their artistic platform to tap into the broad range of emotions shared by humanity. By uniting these two works, Lift Every Voice seeks to memorialize victims of hate crimes while acknowledging that we are more united in our common humanity than we are differentiated by our race, ethnicity, gender, class or religion.


Avalon Quartet
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago Philharmonic String Quartet
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St.

Chicago Sinfonietta String Quartet
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois lobby, 300 E. Randolph St.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.

Fulcrum Point New Music Project String Quartet (RSVP)
DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden Ave.

Volta String Quartet
International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

KAIA Quartet
WFMT Studios, 5400 St. Louis Ave.
Will be broadcast live on 98.7WFMT!

Merit School of Music String Quartet
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

Grace Central Church, 10216 Kitchner St.
Westchester, IL

Roosevelt University CCPA String Quartet
Solti Garden, Jackson & Michigan


All groups, led by conductor James Setapen

including a performance of Patti Garvey’s arrangement of J. Rosemund Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by three-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Darius Brooks

Cloudgate Plaza, Millennium Park, Randolph & Michigan