Damien Geter, Joelle Lamarre to Headline CSO Music Now’s ‘Night of Song’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will kick off the CSO MusicNow series on March 14, 2022 with a “Night of Song” curated by composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery.

The program will feature the world premiere of “The Bronze Legacy,” a new commission from Damien Geter; a 2018 song cycle by Dale Trumbore; and world premiere arrangements by Ayanna Woods and Shawn Okpebholo. Geter, also a bass-baritone, will perform alongside soprano Joelle Lamarre and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm about being a part of something new and about just sharing and being on the ground with new works that are coming into the world, so it’s exciting,” Montgomery said in an official press statement.

Montgomery will be serve as a curator for CSO MusicNOW through the 2023-24 season. She has also received commissions to write three new orchestra works for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and will also create new chamber pieces for CSO MusicNow. Her upcoming work “Hymn for Everyone” is set to receive its world premiere in April 2022 under the baton of Riccardo Muti.