Concert Stream: Anthony McGill, clarinet

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6:30 pm CDT — "Doors" open
6:35 pm CDT — pre-concert talk with Anthony McGill and Thomas C. Holt, Professor of American and African-American History at the University of Chicago

Florence Price/Arr. McGill: Adoration
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
James Lee, III:
Ad Anah
Carlos Guastavino: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Chicago native Anthony McGill, hailed as one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures, is Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and the orchestra's first African American principal player. Distinguished both as a soloist with top orchestras and for his collaborations with such modern musical titans as Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, and Mitsuko Uchida, McGill is also a celebrated chamber musician whose most recent appearances on UChicago Presents' series include those with the Pacifica Quartet in 2014 and the Musicians from Marlboro in 2016.

On Friday, June 26, McGill returns to UChicago Presents in a streaming concert with pianist Anna Polonsky. In the several weeks since we first invited him to give a virtual concert on our series, McGill's artistry has taken on newly profound and urgent resonance as he has used music as a means of response to police violence and systemic injustice via a video he shared on social media of himself performing "America, the Beautiful." The video, which has received over 250,000 views, is sparking a movement as artists and citizens respond with their own video performances in solidarity using the hashtag #TakeTwoKnees.

Join clarinetist Anthony McGill for this performance, streamed from Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, New York, on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and on The program will include works for clarinet and piano by Leonard Bernstein, Florence Price, and Carlos Guastavino. Before the performance, Thomas C. Holt, Professor of American and African American History, will moderate a pre-concert talk with McGill.

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