Celebrating Cuban-American Composers highlights works by the Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American composer Paquito D’Rivera, an outspoken critic of Cuba’s human rights violations. His composition “Ladies in White” pays tribute to the organization of the same name formed by wives of imprisoned Cuban opposition leaders who call on Cuba to release imprisoned political dissidents. The concert also features Grammy-nominated composer Tania León’s “Del Caribe, Soy!”, a powerful statement of heritage from a composer who nonetheless rejects almost all identity labels.
The performance will take place in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center and is free and open to the public.
The performance is the fourth in Crossing Borders Music’s six-concert series “Choosing Life and Freedom,” featuring music by composers who responded to terrible tragedies with music affirming life and to oppression with music affirming freedom.