Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents “Freedom, Justice, & Hope” | Premiering May 21st, 2021

Premiering on May 21, 2021

Featuring world premieres of music by
Endea Owens on the life and work of Ida B. Wells, and by Josh Evans inspired by
Red Summer of 1919

New York, NY (May 12, 2021) – Hope is our superpower,” said Bryan Stevenson in his rousing address last week to the Howard University Classes of 2020 and 2021. Stevenson, the social justice activist and founder of The Equal Justice Initiative, will expand on this powerful message through music and words as he joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the multi-disciplinary concert event, Freedom, Justice, and Hope with Bryan Stevenson. Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Bryan Stevenson, Freedom, Justice, and Hope will feature the world-renowned orchestra debuting new works from emerging composers Endea Owens and Josh Evans. Freedom, Justice, and Hope with Bryan Stevenson, filmed in Rose Theater, located in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, will premiere virtually on May 21, 2021.

Virtual audiences are invited to witness the world premiere of music by emerging composers Endea Owens and Josh Evans, as well as thematic music specially curated from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library.

Josh Evans’ work, “Elaine,” commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, is a piece informed by the 1919 Elaine Massacre in Hoop Spur, Phillips County, Arkansas.

This concert also features the debut of a Jazz at Lincoln Center commission by up-and-coming bassist Endea Owens, who will perform with the orchestra on this evening. The piece, “Ida’s Crusade,” is inspired by the life and work of Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) and her crusade against the lynching and wrongful imprisonment of Black Americans.

Music Director Wynton Marsalis and Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based human rights organization Equal Justice Initiative, have curated an evening comprising readings and new and familiar jazz works that consider large, international questions of freedom and hope.

Exclusively for this special concert event, Stevenson will appear as a speaker and performer. In addition to speaking on subjects of social justice, incarceration, prison reform, and immigration, Stevenson will also take a seat behind the piano to play two tunes–“Honeysuckle Rose” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Following the premiere on May 21, ticket holders will have access to Freedom, Justice, and Hope with Bryan Stevenson through May 26, 2021. Viewers seeking a memento from the groundbreaking concert will also have the opportunity to purchase an audio recording of the concert for just $5 extra.

Since temporarily closing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performing arts facility, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has made available a robust, curated daily program of offerings to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities. Jazz at Lincoln Center continues this effort with four unique livestream and pre-recorded concert events from February 20—June 10, 2021. Three of these new virtual concerts will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a cohort of master singers, and rising stars representing a broad generational timeline of this unique music.

Virtual ticket per concert: $20.00
Virtual ticket and concert audio recording: $25.00
Subscriber Price: $15.00
Member Price: $0 – $15.00
Each ticket purchase helps support Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Tickets and more information are available on jazz.org/freedomjusticehope

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On the day of the concert premiere, ticket holders will have access to the broadcast through a private password protected webpage link shared via email.

A schedule of livestream performances, family and education programs and more can be found on jazz.org.

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Leadership support for this concert provided by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is presented by the Arnhold Family.

Commission support provided by
Howard Gilman Foundation and Andrew Mellon Foundation

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center is provided by Jody and John Arnhold,
Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna,
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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