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Aretha Rising, on May 29, 2022 The Chicago Philharmonic Society Finale

The Chicago Philharmonic Society proudly presents the finale of its 32nd season, Aretha Rising, on May 29, 2022, Memorial Day Weekend at Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E Randolph, Chicago). Led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Scott Speck, this family-friendly concert features Aretha Franklin’s greatest pop, soul, and gospel songs, plus more by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and Sam Cooke.

Single tickets ranging from $10-$75 are now available

“This is such an exciting concert for us,” said Executive Director Terell Johnson. “After a long winter, it’s going to be a joy to welcome the start of summer in Chicago with a concert of fabulous music. Aretha Franklin is one of my personal

heroes, and I can’t wait to hear how incredible her music will sound with our orchestra and Capathia.”

“This concert will be a musical journey for the listener,” said Maestro Speck. “We’ll be paying homage to Aretha’s background in gospel with Amazing Grace and What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and then we fast forward to later in her career with A Natural Woman and Respect, and we even dip into her Blues Brothers’ single. What’s especially impressive is that our vocalists really live up to the challenge of singing these iconic songs,and of course, their 'backup band' is one of the world's great orchestras, the Chicago Philharmonic, which continues to amaze me with its virtuosity and versatility.”


Jenkins approaches a song the same way she approaches a script, like an artist. She looks for the nuances, the secret hidden within the notes or text. She seeks the melody, harmony and rhythm. She asks herself,“What am I trying to say?

What do I want my audience to experience with me?”She wants to take her audience on a journey. This Brooklyn-born and raised actress most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and

was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.

An active concert artist, Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She was a soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. In 2011 Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De LaHabana. Jenkins was a guest soloist with Peter

Nero and the Philly Pops and with the Cincinnati Pope.

Her television credits include30 Rock,The Practice,Law & Order SVU,The Sopranos.She can be seen in the 2012 film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks:Nine,Chicago,Legally

Blonde 2.


Darryl J. Williams began his singing career in the local churches in Jasper County, South Carolina, often accompanying himself and thechoir from the piano. At age 11, Williams joined the prestigious Rev. James Cleveland workshop in Savannah, GA which afforded him the opportunity to sing background for gospel artists including Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clarke Cole, and Dorothy Norwood. Darryl’s professional stage career started regionally in such shows as Singin’ in the Rain,A Chorus Line,Ain’t Misbehavin, The All Night Strut,The Meeting, Passing Strange,Once On This Island, Dreamgirls, and continued withThe Wiz(40th Anniversary in Central Park). He has performed in Off-Broadway shows such asMama I Want to Sing and Big Mama String bean:the life of Ethel Waters(AUDELCO award nomination). Williams is the winner of the Americans Traditions Savannah Onstage International Soloist Competition, earning a Gold Medal, a Ten Thousand Dollar Grand Prize and an

offer to sing for the Yachting Event for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Internationally, Darryl was invited by one of Germany’s elite promoters, the late Mr. Michael Brenner, to tour Eastern Europe as Choir Director and guest soloist with

Queen Esther Marrow and The Harlem Gospel Singers. His vocal prowess gained him rave reviews and won him the opportunity to perform for Pope (now Saint) John Paul II in Bologna, Italy. Williams has toured extensively in the

Broadway hit Smokey Joe’s Cafe with the legendary Gladys Knight which was a fixture at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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