Inside the Score - Dana Hall Talk: "Creating the Hypocrisy of Justice Project"

Saturday, September 24, 1:30-2:30pm

Logan Screening Room

In June 2015, Dana Hall’s Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds From the Black Metropolis — Riffin’ and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright’s Native Son, was given its world premiere at Symphony Center followed by a thunderous standing ovation which was, in turn, followed by a standing room only crowd in Grainger Hall for a discussion of the performance. Musicians Dana Hall, Marquis Hill, Tim Warfield Jr., Bruce Barth, Clark Sommers, Steve Wilson, Vincent Gardner, Tomeka Reid, and Jeff Parker played on a stage designed by MacArthur genius recipient, Kerry James Marshall, with acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce reading a text by actress-scriptwriter Cheryl Lynn Bruce. Hypocrisy of Justice, a powerful and riveting work, was based on the seminal novel by Richard Wright, Native Son, while also referencing “the parallels between past and present, fiction and nonfiction” including the Charleston killings in 2015. It was not an attempt to re-create Wright’s text of Native Son; rather it examined the novel’s themes through a modern lens. Bruce’s text was based on the themes and ideas that Wright explored in the novel--”issues that exist because of class, politics and religion.”

Composer, educator, Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, and acclaimed jazz drummer, DANA HALL takes his audience into his composing process in an “Inside the Score” talk. Whether one attended the concert last year or is simply curious, this talk provides an opportunity to hear from a gifted composer and master musician. Additional information about Dana can be found in the BaSH listing above.

Dana Hall’s Hypocrisy of Justice was commissioned by the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series and was made possible by Dan Epstein and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation.

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