Katinka Kleijn // Julian Otis
Hailed as “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn defies today’s traditional definition of a cellist, transitioning comfortably through the styles of classical, experimental, contemporary, improvisatory, folk and progressive rock, as well as across the traditional fields of solo, chamber and orchestral performance. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and International Contemporary Ensemble, she’s recently formed dynamic new collaborations with guitarist Bill MacKay and fellow cellist Lia Kohl. Tonight Kleijn premieres new work by Nathan Davis and Aliya Ultan, among others.
Julian Terrell Otis is a genre defying musician dedicated to the advancement of Black Music in America. The utilization of the operatic voice brings new perspective to the creative music, jazz, commercial, and contemporary classical worlds. Otis performed Julius Eastman’s “Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan of Arc” on the 2018 Frequency Festival. Tonight he premieres Anthony R. Green’s “Empathy I: Diamond Reynolds,” which he calls “an opportunity to process the inner emotional life of Reynolds’ witness to the death of her boyfriend Philando Castille.”