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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Wadada Leo Smith World Premiere on June 10

Frank Hammel • News • June 9, 2021

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association presents world premiere of new work by noted composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Delta Blues is part of CSO Sessions Episode 21: Cult of Electromagnetic Connectivity, available on CSOtv starting Thursday, June 10. The event is part of Smith’s year-long celebration of his 80th birthday.

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Groundbreaking composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith celebrates his 80th birthday with a year of special events including the world premiere of a new work performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians. Delta Blues for violin, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and piano will be featured in CSO Sessions Episode 21: Cult of Electromagnetic Connectivity, available for streaming 30 days (through July 9) beginning on Thursday, June 10 at cso.org/tv. Access to the episode is $15. More information is available here, at the CSOtv Guide or by calling 312-294-3000.

CSO Sessions is a digital series of on-demand, high-definition video recordings of small ensemble performances by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, filmed in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and released on CSOtv. Curated by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli, the dynamic program also features a premiere by award-winning composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell as well as Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright, a concerto that refracts Baroque influences through a modern lens.

Smith’s year-long celebration of his 80th birthday includes the release of six major projects on TUM Records, two world premieres, inclusion in a film and concerts and residencies at Harvard, The New School, Other Minds Festival and more.

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