LIFT EVERY VOICE
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.
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.
Volta String Quartet
International House, 1414 E. 59th St.
String Quartet from the musical Hamilton
30 W. Monroe
Merit School of Music String Quartet
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
Grace Central Church, 10216 Kitchner St.
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