On December 5, 2009 The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be joined by pianist Jade Simmons in Mandel Hall to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. Recognized for her musical creativity, passion, and electrifying stage presence, Simmons released her first recording, Revolutionary Rhythm, in March 2009.
A native of South Carolina, Jade Simmons began playing the piano at the age of eight and continued her musical studies at Northwestern University, where she cofounded Boomshaka!, a drum, dance, and rhythm ensemble on campus. The diversity of Simmons’s interests and her work as a passionate advocate of arts education and youth empowerment means that she goes beyond the ‘normal’ definition of a classical pianist. As a former Miss Illinois and first-runner up Miss America Simmons has used her talents to create an arts education program for the Houston public schools while continuing her previous work as a spokesperson for youth suicide prevention.
Simmons is a true renaissance woman, and her performance with The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra promises to be a thrilling conclusion to this quarter’s season. You can learn more about Jade Simmons, her music, and her career by clicking here.
Admission for the University Symphony Orchestra concert is free, with donations requested at the door; suggested amounts are $10 adults, $5 students/children. For more information please visit music.uchicago.edu or call the Event Hotline at (773) 702-8069.