Crossing Borders Music will present a moving musical program entitled, “Haiti: Music of Life, Loss, and Hope” in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The concert will feature Haitian conductor and composer Jean “Rudy” Perrault’s powerful “Exodus” String Quartet, which is dedicated to refugees around the world. It tells the gripping, pained story of a Haitian refugee, ending with the hope that life will be better for the next generation. The concert will also feature Robert Durand’s lively string quartet that evokes the music of Dvorak, Smetana, Haitian folk music, the Haitian meringue dance, and “Gason Vanyan” by Gifrants, which celebrates individual and collective solidarity, and “Clair de Lune” by Sabrina C D Jean Louis. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program, “Haiti: Music of Life, Loss, and Hope”, features conductor and composer, Jean “Rudy” Perrault, who is Director of Orchestras and professor of violin/viola at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Perrault coaches chamber music, conducts both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, teaches violin and viola, string techniques and the fundamentals of conducting. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he earned his Master’s degree in performance from Temple University.
As a conductor, Perrault has conducted numerous ensembles, most recently the Sinfonietta de Paris, the Karelia State Conservatory Orchestra (Russia), the Conservatoire de Paris région Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France), members of the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory of Palermo (Sicily, Italy) and the Hacettepe Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey). As a performer, Perrault maintains an active schedule performing with many different organizations including the U3 Piano Trio, the Duluth-Superior Symphony in Duluth, the New York Virtuosi, the New York Pops, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Philly Pops and the Broadway show “Beauty and the Beast.” The past several years he has been editing and orchestrating the piano works of Haitian Classical Composers. His most recent composition, “Exodus.” has been recorded by the Borromeo String Quartet.
Crossing Borders Music, founded in 2011, presents moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures – music that invites audiences to learn more and get involved. Its mission is to use music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures by envisioning a more harmonious world in which people experience musical and artistic dimensions of world cultures in such a way that influences how they shop, invest, travel, volunteer, do business, and live their day-to-day lives. Crossing Borders Music also presents educational programs to foster young people’s awareness of the diversity and richness of cultures and their music. This is the fourth concert in Crossing Borders Music’s residency at the Chicago Cultural Center. [from Crossing Borders Music press release and Jean “Rudy” Perrault biograhy]
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Crossing Borders Music presents
HAITI: MUSIC OF LIFE, LOSS, AND HOPE
Composer, conductor, and performer Jean “Rudy” Perrault’s powerful “Exodus” String Quartet
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Show: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free and open to the public