Chicago composer Primous Fountain jetted to Poland and Lugansk, Ukraine where his “Symphony No. 2” will debut June 16 in the Concert Hall of the Regional Philharmonic led by guest conductor of the Lugansk Philharmonic Miran Vaupotic.
Chicago composer Primous Fountain jetted to Poland and Lugansk, Ukraine where his “Symphony No. 2” will debut June 16 in the Concert Hall of the Regional Philharmonic led by guest conductor of the Lugansk Philharmonic Miran Vaupotic. This performance is a 25-minute version of the full 50-minute second symphony that was commissioned by Quincy Jones.
Fountain, a Wendell Phillips High School graduate, was inspired by Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein began composing music during his teens. Following his introduction by the Chicago Symphony, Fountain earned critical acclaim as one of the United States’ youngest and significant composers, and received many commissions from Milwaukee Symphony, Frankurt Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Paderweski Foundation, “Ritual Dances of the Amaks” Fromm Music Foundation, the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra commissioned by Anthony Elliott and the Minnesota Orchestra and Quincy Jones.
Music critics and musicologists have lauded the young composer and he is currently
finishing his newest composition and a Cello Suite. A local committee is ultimately planning the Chicago production of Fountain’s symphony.
HYDE PARK SHOPPING CENTER OUTDOOR FESTIVAL Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature slide dance, the hottest social line action in Chicago, featuring Vermita and the Velvet Dancers doing the Double D Slide, Church Baby, The Odyssey and Freaky in the Club.
FORMER TEMPTATIONS LEAD SINGER Louis Price of Chicago thrilled his mother with a CD entitled “Thank You Lord.” “This CD is a precious gift, the flowers that my mother wanted while she is alive, so that she could share her gift with the world while she is alive,” Louis said.
DJs JOE KOLLEGE & SHAUT spin soulful house, hip hop and nu soul Wednesdays for the after work set, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at 2109 S. Wabash in the South Loop. No cover.
LIVE JAZZ is featured at the Cafe, 712 E. 47th St., on Thursday, sponsored by Barista Espresso Corp. June 2: Shania Fleming & Jasper Stone with special appearance by Pat Girondi. June 9: Jesus Wayne Trio. June 16: Maggie Brown Trio
R. KELLY BRINGS HIS “LOVE LETTER” on tour next month with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius. In his new classic soul music he pays homage to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Kelly’s “Love Letter” will be featured at the Allstate Arena June 16.
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