Recitals & Lectures

Gateways Chamber Players with Tai Murray and Phylicia Rashad

Part of the Gateways Music Festival

Monday, April 15, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Damien Sneed, conductor

In the opening performance of the Gateways Festival’s 2023-24 Chicago residency, the Gateways Chamber Players, featuring violinist Tai Murray and special guest narrator Phylicia Rashad, present Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale Suite and Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale. Stravinsky’s 1918 musical-theatrical work about a soldier who strikes a deal with the Devil is paired with Marsalis’s retelling of the tale, in which a talented fiddler named Beatrice trades her musical soul for the promise of superstardom.

Violinist Tai Murray is the recipient of a 2012 Sphinx Medal of Excellence and a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant who has appeared with major ensembles around the world, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad has received acclaim for her stage performances in A Raisin in the Sun, August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Gem of the Ocean, and for her television roles in The Cosby Show, This Is Us, Empire, and David Makes Man. An inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame and a recipient of the BET Honors Theatrical Arts Award, she currently serves as dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. 

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Tickets are $35 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

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Gateways Music Festival

April 15 through 19

About the Festival

Now celebrating 30 years, the Gateways Music Festival connects and supports professional classical musicians of African descent, and enlightens and inspires communities through the power of performance. In addition to events throughout the Chicago area, the Festival's 2023-24 season encompasses performances in Rochester, New York City, and Washington, DC. 

Gateways Festival Orchestra concludes its week-long Chicago residency with a Symphony Center concert featuring Take 6—the award-winning a cappella group. The program highlights works by African American composers including Chicago native Margaret Bonds. Learn more

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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall


50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
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Pick-Staiger is a 972-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.