On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the East Coast premiere of Ramsey Lewis’ Proclamation of Hope: A Symphonic Poem.
The work was written in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and reflects upon the life and legacy of the 16th president.
Conducted by Scott Hall, Proclamation of Hope will be performed by 23 musicians, including Lewis, bassist Josh Ramos, drummer Leon Joyce and vocalist Dee Alexander.
In addition, the performance will be taped by WTTW for future national broadcast on PBS stations.
The symphonic piece originally debuted at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival in 2009.
Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich called the piece “stirring… some of the most eloquent music of Lewis’ career.”