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Gilberto Gil Makes Chicago Symphony Center Debut Friday April 2

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The Chicago Symphony Center Presents series of outstanding world music concerts brings legendary Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil to Chicago for his Symphony Center debut on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. In this special program, entitled “The String Concert," he is joined by his son Bem Gil (guitars) and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, and together the trio re-imagines acoustic interpretations of his enormous catalog.

Gilberto Gil has had led an acclaimed, four-decade career as a singer, composer and guitar player of both world and pop music. Known for the “Tropicalist" genre he introduced, alongside Caetano Veloso, he has recorded more than 30 albums, including six gold records and four platinum singles, with 5 million records sold. Gil's political and environmental activism gained prominence alongside his musical career and reached a new height in 2002, when he was appointed minister of culture for Brazil.

About the 2010 “String Concert" tour, Gil remarks: “The enchanted world of music is made of the miracle of meetings among creators. I have dedicated my life to meeting those with whom I can share my love of music and one day I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Jaques Morelenbaum. He has also dedicated his life to these encounters. We have had a few opportunities to meet and share our love of music together and with others. We are now going to be three: Jaques, myself and Bem, my son, who is starting his career and is in search of his own musical direction. It will for sure be a joy and a pleasure to play together and I will try to give to those who come to see us, an idea of the eternal miracle of the song."

For more information, including live video and audio, visit www.gilbertogil.com.br and www.imnworld.com/gilbertogil.

The Symphony Center Presents series of special jazz and classical concerts concludes with Pat Metheny and Orchestrion (May 10) and P.D.Q. Bach with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in “An Afternoon of Musical Mayhem" (May 23).

Complete program information follows:
Symphony Center Presents Special Concert
Friday, April 2, at 8 pm: Gilberto Gil: The String Concert featuring Jacques Morelenbaum and Bem Gil: Gilberto Gil, guitar and vocals; Jaques Morelenbaum, cello; Bem Gil, guitar.

Tickets: $15-$60

World music at Symphony Center is sponsored by American Express Company.

TICKETS for all 2009-2010 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Center Presents and Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerts can be purchased by calling CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, online at www.cso.org, or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. Discounted student tickets can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040. Artists, programs and ticket prices are subject to change.

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