September 4, 2009

Thank You, Andy McGhee!

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On Thursday, July 30, 2009 composer, publisher, and editor Elbio Barilari took to the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to introduce a reprise performance of his Sounds of Hope Suite, an extended jazz composition co-written with Kahil El'Zabar, commissioned by and premiered at the Morse Theatre on the night of President Obama's inauguration.

"Is Andy McGhee out there?" Barilari asked. "I need to thank Andy McGhee. He is the reason this was written. He did a great job at the Morse Theatre. It's too bad. Thanks, Andy!"

If you were elsewhere on inauguration night or in Millennium Park, you missed it, you really missed it. And if you never made it to the Morse, you really, REALLY missed it. But the spirit of the original Morse Theatre lives on in the most fitting tribute possible: in our music.

Thanks, Andy!

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