Produced byNegaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
In Collaboration withChicago Children’s Theatre
Words bySuzanne Slade
Illustrations byCozbi A. Cabrera
Narration byEve L. Ewing
Featuring String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor byFlorence Price
Animation DesignLiviu Pasare
ViolinRong-Yan Tang
ViolinMelanie Kupchynsky
ViolaMax Raimi
CelloLoren Brown
Featuring the Life and Poetry ofGwendolyn Brooks
‘Clouds’ Read byCheryl Lynn Bruce
Runs May 12, 2021May 12, 2022
FREE with a Suggested Donation of $25

Before Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was a little girl who dared to dream. Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks introduces viewers to one of Chicago’s most treasured poets, who found inspiration in colorful clouds and the people in her neighborhood, including children. The program includes music by composer Florence Price, who was the first African American woman to have a symphony premiered by a major orchestra — the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — in 1933.

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