Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Premieres ‘Chicago Immigrant Stories II’

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Orbert Davis, will conclude its second year of the very popular and impactful performance series entitled “Chicago Immigrant Stories,” which premiered last Summer on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. “Chicago Immigrant Stories” represents CJP’s cross-genre musical collaborations with various cultures of Chicago’s immigrant population. The July 22 performance is a culmination of a series of alliances and workshops with musicians from Chicago’s Greek, Mexican, Bulgarian and Argentinian communities. “

These musical collaborations resonate across all Chicago citizenry as we share ideas on what it means to be ‘American,’” says  Davis. “We’re creating a soundtrack where Jazz, Classical, and traditional forms of music connect in new and unexpected ways.”

Guest collaborators include Grammy-nominated folk ensemble Sones de México, Greek saxophonist and composer Athanasios Zervas with guitarist Petros Dragoumis. The performance will also feature two immigrant members of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic — pianist Leandro Lopez-Varady from Argentina, and Bulgarian violinist, Zara Zaharieva. “Through Chicago Immigrant Stories, we are creating a space for diverse communities to feel connected with each other,” says executive director Birdie Soti. “These spaces and experiences make us all better citizens.”

This concert is free and open to the public. Free seating on the Great Lawn and in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Seating Bowl is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of reserved seats are available for supporters and sponsors of the event.

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