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Billy Childs & Rufus Reid at Ravinia Festival

Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Billy Childs & Rufus Reid at Ravinia Festival Billy Childs & Rufus Reid at Ravinia Festival

Pianist-composer, five-time Grammy® Award-winner and 14-time nominee Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs' canon of original compositions and performances have also garnered him the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. He has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with lyricism.

Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. Mass Transit, Rufus’ three movement symphony orchestra composition, was premiered in 2011.  Also premiered that year was the orchestral arrangement of Reid’s Caress The Thought with soloist, Joe Guastafeste, retired principle bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Reid composed Caress The Thought as a solo piece for bass virtuoso, Diana Gannett, who has performed it several times and recorded it on her 2015 CD Artemis in the Oak Grove with pianist Ellen Rowe.

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