July 13, 2022 — 7:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Madison, Wisconsin

Reflections on Liberty featuring "Testimony of Tone, Tune and Time" by Dr. Bill Banfield

We are thrilled to share with you that Concerts on the Square will return to its home on the Capitol Square this summer. Starting June 29, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will present six weeks of remarkable concerts: world-class guest artists, new collaborations, classical favorites, world premieres, and more!

Guest soloists: Middleton High School Choir, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir

480 Tam Lee at Piano

Leotha Stanley and his wife Tammy.

About mt. zion music director Leotha (lee) Stanley

As the former Assistant to the Director of Community Relations in the Office of the Chancellor at UW-Madison, Lee worked with many schools in Madison and the surrounding area promoting education, graduation, and a college education for all.

Since his early years in Milwaukee, Lee excelled in music and athletics. He began playing the piano for his church choir at the age of 13. In high school, college, and post graduation, he was a track and field star, specializing in the long jump. Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 with a degree in education.

From 1982 until 2000, Lee has worked with countless schools in Madison and throughout the Midwest as an artist in residence teaching many different genres of music to children. He has written two books of music for children, has composed scores of songs and has been the music director for the Mt. Zion Church in Madison for 34 years.

Lee has also composed music for the Madison Symphony, has performed at the Governor's Mansion, and has appeared at many civic events. He has won numerous honors for his work in community service, music, and youth development.

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Grace Kelly, saxophone

About saxophonist Grace Kelly

Kelly is a saxophonist of prodigious talent. She was named nine times consecutively in the Annual Downbeat Magazines Critics Poll "Rising Star Alto Saxophone" from the age of seventeen, making her the youngest sax player ever named to the poll and winning the Critics Poll in 2016. Kelly is also a skilled songwriter and was named the winner of "Song of the Year" for her single "Feels Like Home" in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards.

Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Grace's state-of-the-art brand of electro jazz-pop and inventive digital content push her to the forefront of the fusion scene, alongside names like Jon Batiste, Jacob Collier, Esperanza Spalding, and Too Many Zooz.

Grace's latest album was inspired by the words of incredible women who embody great courage and resilience, including Maya Angelou's "And Still I Rise," a poem that ignited much musical inspiration. The result of this album is a deeply personal collection of songs with anthemic beats, upbeat grooves, and soulful melodies and lyrics. Grace created this album to help people connect to their inner strength and voice and find the courageous hero within themselves.

Aside from thrilling audiences in concert, Grace's stardom reaches the acclaim of her audiences online. The millennial artist has developed a new paradigm to exhibit her remarkable talent and unparalleled showmanship with the masses, curating an immersive user experience for her fans across multiple social media platforms. Grace's dedication to posting engaging content and offering insight into her daily life has deepened her brand, bringing thousands upon thousands of eager fans into her world and gaining millions of views online, allowing the artist to bridge the gap between virtuosic musician and cultural phenomenon.

For further information about Grace Kelly, visit her website at www.gracekellymusic.com, on Instagram at instagram.com/gkellymusic, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/gracekellymusic, on Facebook at facebook.com/GraceKellymusic, on or Twitter at @gracekellymusic

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Patrice Rushen, Guest Composer

About Composer Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician and composer who is also one of the most sought after artists in the music industry. She is a classically trained pianist who originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists.

Rushen is also a four-time, Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.”

Rushen is the Ambassador of Artistry In Education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and is the Chair of the Popular Music Program at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS “Grammy In The Schools” program, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.

Program

CLAUDE CHAMPAGNE | Danse Villageoise (Allegro Champagne)
FAURE
| Requiem (Pie Jesu, In Paradisum), feat. Middleton High School Choir
WILLIAM BANFIELD
| Testimony of Tone, Tune and Time, world premiere

PATRICE RUSHEN
| Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, I. Power from the Pulpit, III. Freedom is not Free
STANLEY
| Songs by Leotha, feat. Mt. Zion Gospel Choir and Middleton High School Choir

STANLEY | Encore

*Program subject to change

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