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Sun, Mar 19



Chicago Currents - Chicago Fringe Opera

CHICAGO CURRENTS is a full-length, staged art song concert that draws inspiration from the land and water that Chicago is built on, featuring an ensemble of five singers, piano and violin.

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Chicago Currents - Chicago Fringe Opera
Chicago Currents - Chicago Fringe Opera

Time & Location

Mar 19, 2023, 7:00 PM

Chicago, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

About the Event

The show also explores the legacy of Jean Baptiste Point Dusable, the first permanent

non-Indigenous settler of the city of Chicago; a Black man who built his house and trading

settlement at the mouth of the Chicago river in 1790. The concert tracks the rise of industrialism

in Chicago’s waterways during the 1800s; the reshaping of the city’s waterfront following the

Great Chicago Fire; and ushers in the 1900's with songs of the Great Migration, as Black

Americans follow the Mississippi River up to Chicago in search of financial opportunity and

social progress.

The event concludes with songs that reflect on our current time, calling audiences to connect

with Chicago’s vibrant landscape, the rewilding movement, and conservation efforts that nurture

our home for generations to come.

Creative Team includes

Ross Matsuda - Stage Director

Kirsten C. Kunkle - Dramaturg & Composer

Mark Bilyeu - Pianist

Catherine O’Shaughnessy* - Creative Consultant


Dana Campbell, soprano

Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano

Bridget Skaggs*, mezzo-soprano & Creative Consultant

Aaron Short, tenor

Keanon Kyles, baritone

*CFO company member

Dates & Times

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 @ 3:00pm

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Friday, Mar 24, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, Mar 25, 2023 @ 3:00pm

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