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Reflections: Voices of the Underrepresented

The nonprofit Guarneri Hall, a custom-built classical music venue in the heart of downtown Chicago at 11 E. Adams St., continues its 5th Anniversary SeasonTuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. with Reflections: Voices of the Underrepresented featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams and pianist Natalia Kazaryan. This uniquely curated program celebrates art songs created by artists of color and female artists underrepresented in music history.


The evening will feature a progressive integration of thematic content and musical texture, including American composer and baritone H.T. Burleigh‘s Five Songs of Laurence Hope; Trois Mélodies by 19th-century French mezzo-soprano, composer and pedagogue Pauline Viardot; a pairing of Troubled Water and The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Chicago’s own Margaret Bonds with original text by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes; as well as spirituals by Margaret Bonds, Chicago based music educator and composer Rev. Dr. Lena J. McLin, and Undine Smith Moore known as “the Dean of Black Women Composers.”


A Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and allow audience members to interact directly with the musicians. The evening concludes with a reception featuring high quality libations and hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for audience members and the performers to continue the conversation begun in the concert hall. Building on its first five years, Guarneri Hall’s 2023-2024 season concentrates on “Chamber Music Made Personal”—creating intimate, interactive music events that center chamber music in deeply personal experiences, with programs designed as uniquely powerful communicative encounters that make the most of the intimacy and superb acoustics of the venue.


Performance tickets are $40 for General Admission, $10 for students. All tickets include access to the concert and post-concert reception. Tickets are available for purchase at


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