In the third year of the program, Parker welcomes Chicago Opera Theater (COT), a resident company at the Harris Theater that has served as Chicago’s premier producer of rare and contemporary opera for nearly 50 years.
As part of their work together, Parker students will learn about COT’s world premiere production of Freedom Ride. They will integrate this study into work in history class around the civil rights movement and have the opportunity to experience this opera live. Throughout the year, students will work with COT artists as they experience all there is to love about the living art form of opera.
On Tuesday, February 25, COT Director of Education Linden Christ will lead a panel featuring composer Dan Shore and COT mainstage artists to delve further into the process of creating a world premiere opera. This event will also feature musical performances by COT artists and Parker’s Upper School Concert Choir.
This exciting collaboration brings together the arts, social justice and history in a wonderful expression, through progressive education, of Parker’s democratic values.
All are welcome to join us for a celebration of classical music at Parker!
More information on Chicago Opera Theater is available here.
The Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence program was established to provide experiences for students to find inspiration, learn, appreciate and understand the transformative power of classical music. The inaugural visitors in the 2017–18 academic year were members of the the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Music of the Baroque spent time with our students at the school last academic year.