Featuring Jackie Taylor, playwright and founder/CEO of the Black Ensemble Theater,
and Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III of the Trinity United Church of Christ
reading selected works by Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle makes her Auditorium Theatre debut with a powerful program of songs inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.