Redemption: Adrian Dunn and Chicago Philharmonic
On June 5 2021, Chicago Philharmonic will collaborate for the first time with critically acclaimed multi-genre musical artist and social justice advocate Adrian Dunn for a performance of Redemption, a new collection of spirituals and gospel songs that re-imagine and modernize the genre’s historical roots, celebrate African American history, and honor victims of systemic injustice across the country. Each song written and arranged by Dunn in Redemption has a powerful message, with many dedicated to nationally recognized cases of injustice that sparked an outcry for social change. Joining Adrian Dunn and the full Chicago Philharmonic orchestra onstage are the Adrian Dunn Singers, an all-black professional vocal ensemble established in 2018.
Also featured in this concert is young violin virtuoso Njioma Grevious, Juilliard student and recent 2016 White House performer, in Marcus Norris’ Glory. Cota-Robles fellow, South Side Symphony founder, and UCLA PhD candidate Marcus Norris is known for his inventive compositions at the crossroads of classical music and hip hop, and his cinematic violin concerto Glory is no exception. Redemption will also include an orchestral arrangement of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, arranged for orchestra by Adrian Dunn and Dennis Atkinson Jr.
This performance will be recorded live on the stage of Harris Theater for Music and Dance on June 5, and streamed exclusively through HT Virtual Stage beginning June 29. This is the first of two Chicago Philharmonic concerts to be performed live at the Harris and streamed through HT Virtual Stage; on June 25, Chicago Philharmonic and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance will record San Jose to Chicago: Un Puente Musical.