One show only! An NEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award winner, composer and pianist Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as "the great performer," a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. He brings Proclamation of Hope, the large-scale multimedia composition for wind ensemble, rhythm section, and voice commissioned by and premiered at the Ravinia Festival in 2009. Composed by Lewis and scored by Scott Hall, the work celebrates one of the most famous Americans ever, Abraham Lincoln, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a persuasive merger of jazz and classical idioms" and "some of the most eloquent music of Lewis's career."
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