"Hope in Action: Celebrating Nelson Mandela's Centennial"

July 16, 2018 at 6:30PM - Millennium Park, Chicago - FREE, Millennium Park

Honoring Nelson Mandela’s centennial year, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic reprises this monumental work which premiered in 2008 as part of a worldwide celebration of Mandela’s 90th birthday. The composition weaves jazz and classical music with African rhythms and narration from Mandela’s speeches. With featured performances from vocalist Dee Alexander and theater artist Ron OJ Parsons (orator), the 4-movement work culminates with a grand chorus of the CJP’s Jazz Academy Youth Choir.

Young singers (ages 10-17) from across the Chicago metro area are invited to join the "Hope in Action" Youth Choir by attending a FREE two-day choir camp on July 11-12, and July 16 (performance date). For more information and to register click here.  Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Coinciding with the start of the busy summer season on May 19, Millennium Park will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Firearms, knives and other weapons will be prohibited to ensure the public’s safety.

Relive the 2008 World Premiere of "Hope in Action"
"Hope in Action" (2008) - Fanfare for the Uncommon Man