The 40th year of the Freedom Hall Series is well underway, opening in late September with comedian Tom Dreesen playing to a sold-out house. And since that show we have hosted Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, Musicians Hall of Fame Inductee Booker T., a Johnny Cash Tribute show, and for something from across the ocean, the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival. Additionally, Freedom Hall hosted the Village of Park Forest’s Veterans Day program featuring numerous dignitaries speaking and a concert by the 144th Army Band. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the array of gifted artists who have performed here and being able to interact with so many wonderful patrons who attend our shows!
We approach the holiday season with Masters of Soul visiting Freedom Hall on December 2 (SOLD OUT) for their 4th year in our series. The Masters of Soul pay tribute to the Motown era and do an outstanding job capturing the sound and choreography of the groups like the Temptations, Four Tops, Diana Ross, and Gladys Knight just to name a few who put out so many great hits during the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
On Tuesday, December 6 at 11 a.m. as part of our matinee series, we will present a new artist to Freedom Hall, Cheryse McLeod Lewis. Her show is called Then Sings My Soul Christmas: Songs and Spirituals from the American Experience.
About Cheryse – Commended for her “stunning vocal power” (Asheville Citizen Times) and “rich lyric mezzo sound” (Opera News Online), Cheryse McLeod Lewis sings a beautiful program that celebrates the rich musical history of America. Ms. Lewis brings to life stunning spirituals, popular Broadway favorites, beloved jazz standards and holiday classics.
Cheryse McLeod Lewis is an award-winning performing artist who has created a uniquely diverse performance career in opera, Broadway, and concert. Trained as a classical singer, Ms. Lewis has performed with opera companies and symphonies across the United States. She has also performed on the 1st National Broadway Tour of The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (2013-2014) as understudy for Bess. She appeared in the title role (Bess) numerous times to critical acclaim.
Tickets for Cheryse McLeod Lewis are $15 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall or by calling the box office at 708/747-0580. Freedom Hall is located at 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest, IL.
After the holidays to start the New Year, we look forward to presenting Ladysmith Black Mambazo on February 12. And we are thrilled to have Tom Sharpe perform on Friday, March 10, 2017. Please check out all the shows in our lineup and contact soon if you are interested in attending one or more, several are already approaching sold-out status. Though our patrons tell us that all seats are good seats in the Nathan Manilow Theatre, if you reserve your ticket earlier there is better chance to get seats in the location you prefer!