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Krannert Center Events: April 2018: Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom

Ulysses Owens Jr., musical director
Featuring Alicia Olatuja, Theo Bleckmann, and Joanna Majoko

Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone each shaped the music and culture of the 1960s through their artistry. Lincoln’s lyricism freely expressed her identity and activism, Mitchell’s songs mined the freedom of love and social ideals, and Nina Simone soulfully demanded personal and political freedoms through her work. Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. leads a simmering jazz ensemble and trio of fabulous featured vocalists including the luscious versatility of classically trained jazz artist Alicia Olatuja, the sophisticated stylings of Grammy Award-nominated Theo Bleckmann, and the silky, warm singing of German-Zimbabwean singer Joanna Majoko, in a celebration of the exceptional impact and vast repertoire of three musical changemakers.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:30pm in Colwell Playhouse

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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