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Stephen Burns leads the Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble (photo courtesy of Fulcrum Point).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Fulcrum Point New Music Project will partner with The JuJu Exchange, Young Chicago Authors, Josephine Lee and The Chicago Children’s Choir, and The Poetry Foundation to present Peace in Chicago: An Intergenerational Celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Fulcrum Point’s annual Concert for Peace. Peace in Chicago offers a festive confluence of new art music, poetry and hip hop, bringing together mentors and protégées for a one-night-only performance at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph, Chicago).
Fulcrum Point, The JuJu Exchange, and the Chicago Children’s Choir will debut a three-movement oratorio by Julian Reid and Nico Segal, who honed his trumpet skills with instruction from trumpet virtuoso and Fulcrum Point founder Stephen Burns. Titled Price of Peace, this new work explores the history of division and inequity in Chicago while yearning for peace. Price of Peace features text written by local Chicago poets Kevin Coval (director Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry festival), Chicago’s first National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier, and Indy Final champion Jalen Kobayashi. Musically, Price of Peace incorporates classical, jazz and electronic music for a wholly unique and contemporary sound.
Peace in Chicago also features performances by hip hop artists Loona Dae, Ric Wilson, and Victor!—backed by the trumpet & drums production duo Burns Twins, who include Nico Segal among their list of mentors. Poets from Young Chicago Authors and The Poetry Foundation—KM Burroughs & Ed Roberson—will offer their aspirations for peace between premieres of new music by composers Scott Johnson and Jessie Montgomery plus additional music from The JuJu Exchange.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018, Fulcrum Point New Music Project was created by conductor, composer and trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns to be a Chicago leader of diverse new music. The ensemble presents multi-media performances, generates educational programs, as well as commissions, and records innovative works all inspired and influenced by popular culture. Fulcrum Point maintain a mission to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world.
The concert takes place at Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30 and are available at www.harristheaterchicago.org.For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit http://fulcrumpoint.org.