Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: October 28 and October 30, 2016

 

Harriett Tubman Opera Midwest Premiere Comes to Chicago's South Side

 

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom--Cultural Event of the Year

 

 

Chicago, Illinois, August 12, 2016 - South Shore Opera Company of Chicago’s 8th Annual Fall event presents Chicago’s most exciting cultural social event of the year with Nkeiru Okoye’s opera, Harriet Tubman: When I Cross That Line to Freedom. Headlining this event as Honorary Chair is first Lady of Chicago, Amy Rule, and introducing composer and librettist, Dr. Nkeiru Okoye.


Hailed as “achingly beautiful,” by the Baltimore Sun, compositions by composer Nkeiru Okoye have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit, Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and countless regional orchestras. Okoye’s opera, Harriett Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom received a 2013 works grant from the National Endowments for the Arts.


Harriett Tubman is a two act opera that tells how a young girl born in slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. Based on recent Tubman biographies, the story is narrated and told in the context of Tubman’s tight-knit family of lively characters. Harriett Tubman carries the universal themes of sisterhood, courage, sacrifice and doing what is necessary to keep a family together. Moreover, it is a heartwarming tale of two sisters vowing that nothing but death will separate them, despite the slavery threatening to tear them apart.
 
Starring Joelle Lamarre, soprano
Conductor – Leslie B. Dunner
Stage Director – Chuck Smith
 
Opening Performance Friday, October 28, 7PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. (Free Parking). Tickets $25.
 
Annual Fall Gala Sunday, October 30, 2016:
Reception and Auction 4:30PM ● Opera 5PM ● Dinner/Entertainment 7-9PM
South Shore Cultural Center, Robeson Theater, 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649 (parking on site $2.75 per hour) Ticketed event $250 – Opera Performance Only $75
Information/tickets:
www.southshoreopera.org  opera@southshoreopera.org  773-667-0241
 
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago’s annual ticketed production with dining and entertainment funds their two free productions at South Shore Cultural Center and the youth and community outreach programs. South Shore Opera Company of Chicago is an Arts and Culture Partner at the South Shore Cultural Center through Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners Cultural Initiative which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s Parks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Gary Ossewaarde

Email: garyossewaarde@yahoo.com

Phone: (773) 947-9541

 

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Web: www.southshoreopera.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedon--Cultural Event of the Year

Event Date: October 28 and October 30, 2016

Event Times & Tickets: Opening Performance Friday, October 28, 7PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. (Free Parking). Tickets $25.
Annual Fall Gala Sunday, October 30, 2016:
Reception and Auction 4:30PM ● Opera 5PM ● Dinner/Entertainment 7-9PM
South Shore Cultural Center, Robeson Theater, 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649 (parking on site $2.75 per hour) Ticketed event $250 – Opera Performance Only $75
Information/tickets:
www.southshoreopera.org  opera@southshoreopera.org  773-667-0241

Event Location: 915 E. 60th St. 60737 (Oct. 28) and at 7059 South Shore Dr. 60649 (Oct. 30)

Web: www.southshoreopera.org

Contact: Gary Ossewaarde, garyossewaarde@yahoo.com, (773) 947-9541

Description: South Shore Opera Company of Chicago’s 8th Annual Fall event presents Chicago’s most exciting cultural social event of the year with Nkeiru Okoye’s opera, Harriet Tubman: When I Cross That Line to Freedom. Headlining this event as Honorary Chair is first Lady of Chicago, Amy Rule, and introducing composer and librettist, Dr. Nkeiru Okoye. Hailed as “achingly beautiful,” by the Baltimore Sun, compositions by composer Nkeiru Okoye have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit, Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and countless regional orchestras. Okoye’s opera, Harriett Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom received a 2013 works grant from the National Endowments for the Arts.

 


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