By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The DuSable Museum of African American History in partnership with the Illinois Amistad Commission will host “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” by renowned composer Renee’ Baker. The symphony will be performed in celebration of the museum’s namesake, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the first settler in Chicago.
“Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., is described by the museum as a symphonic poem that celebrates Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable’s journey to Chicago in sound.
Baker’s conceptual composition and improvisation will combine the lyrical influences of Haiti, New Orleans and Illinois, according to the museum. The piece displays a subtler appreciation for timbre and effect from an orchestra, developing the distinctive Afro-American forms of blues, spirituals, jazz with jazz-centric control, according to a release from the museum.
Baker will present the musical piece in collaboration with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and Association for the Advancement of Colored Musicians.
Baker, who has composed numerous compositions ranging from string quartets to larger ensembles, has created eclectic chamber festivals for Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Norris Cultural Arts Center and Classical Symphony Hall. She has also appeared at many venues including Woodland Patterns, Kerrytown Concert House and Hyde Park Arts Center. Her music career has included performances in Europe, Asia, Egypt and the Cayman Islands.
Admission to “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith” is $20 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 773-947-0600 ext 223 or visit dusablemuseum.org.