The Chicago Philharmonic Society will present and perform Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert at the Historic Chicago Theater, 175 N State St, Chicago on June 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m., the weekend of June 19.

Among the guest artists joining the prestigious musicians of the Chicago Philharmonic at the concert are conductor Emil de Cou; world-renowned Senegalese tama talking drum Massamba Diop, who received much acclaim for his collaboration on Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack; and Chicago native flautist Steve Kajula. Tickets start at $49.50 and are available for purchase now at

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, starring Chicago darling Chadwick Boseman, quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what superhero movies could be. Now, audiences can relive the excitement of T’Challa (Boseman) becoming King and battling Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) as the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar and Grammy-winning score live.

“Ludwig Göransson’s score for this film is truly a marvel of modern composition and an ingenious blend of traditional African and Western music,” said Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Scott Speck. “The two main characters are both given leitmotifs, which is a classical music tradition, but with a twist. T’Challa’s leitmotiv is a talking drum beat, which Massamba Diop created and recorded for the recording original score. Killmonger’s leitmotif is played by the flute Fula, which will be performed in Chicago by Steve Kujala, one of the world’s foremost experts on ethnic flutes.”

Maestro Speck also helped choose the best conductor for the concert, with his highest recommendations for Emil de Cou, one of the world’s foremost experts on movie concerts like Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert. “Synchronizing a live orchestral soundtrack to film is an exact science, but Emil has elevated it to an art. He internalizes the score and breathes life into it, bringing symphonic values ​​to full fruition. of music. There’s no one around who embodies the flow of film music more vividly than Emil.”

“Words can’t describe how meaningful it is for me to bring this live-on-film concert about Marvel Studios’ first black superhero to Chicago on the eve of June 19,” the director said. executive Terell Johnson, who joined the organization in July 2021. and counts this among his first major artistic decisions since joining. “This record-breaking film shows why representation matters and is a tremendous celebration of black culture and art. We hope this will be an inclusive event that people across the city can enjoy together. “

Participants are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or wear a mask.


The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of nearly 200 top classical musicians performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. Governed under a revolutionary musician-directed structure, the Society presents concerts at Chicago-area venues that span the spectrum of symphonic music. The Society’s orchestra, known simply as the Chicago Philharmonic, has been called one of the finest symphony orchestras in the country, and its unique chamber music ensembles, which perform as the Chicago Phil Chamber, draw in its vast pool of versatile musicians. The Society’s community engagement programs connect Chicago-area youth to classical music by providing access to symphony concerts, mentorship from Chicago Philharmonic musicians, and performance opportunities. Founded 32 years ago, the Chicago Philharmonic is known for providing symphonic support to international and national touring companies in all musical genres and served as the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet for eight years. The Chicago Philharmonic also continues its nearly 30-year association with the Ravinia Festival, is a resident company of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and performs at all major concert halls in the Chicago and North Shore area, including the Auditorium Theater and the Symphony Center. . The Illinois Council of Orchestras awarded the Chicago Philharmonic “Orchestra of the Year” (2018), “Programming of the Year” (2019), “Community Relations of the Year” (2019), “Executive Director of the Year (2020) and “Conductor of the Year” (2021). More information can be found at


American conductor Emil de Cou performs regularly as a guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. After serving as Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra for eight years, he was recently appointed Music Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, a position he started in 2011.

Emil de Cou has been an active participant in a wide range of National Symphony Orchestra performances and events since his debut at Wolf Trap in 2000. He officially joined the National Symphony Orchestra’s management team in 2002 and, in addition to being associate conductor, during the summers he is the ONS conductor at the Wolf Trap Festival. In this capacity, his responsibilities include directing several ONS concerts at Wolf Trap and acting as spokesperson for the entire summer season. He has also conducted the Labor Day Weekend Capitol Concerts on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol every year since 2002. Mr. de Cou has performed as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras from foreground, notably those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Saint Louis, Montreal, Boston. Pops, Portland and San Francisco. He was acting music director of the San Francisco Ballet and conductor of the American Ballet Theater for eight seasons, conducting shows at Lincoln Center as well as national and international tours.


Massamba Diop is perhaps the world’s most renowned master of the Tama, a talking drum from Senegal. Massamba rose to prominence as the lead percussionist and founding member of Daande Lenol (La Voix du Peuple), Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal’s band. Over the past 40 years the band has performed all over the world, working with many notable musical figures and releasing dozens of albums, including “Firin’ in Fouta”, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Music in 1996. Massamba himself has also performed and/or recorded with James Brown, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte and Angelique Kidjo. He appeared on Peter Gabriel’s seminal release “Passion”, which won a Grammy in 1990. He has also participated in many major international events like the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, the 2012 Olympics in London and joined Stevie Wonder in 2009 to perform “Happy Birthday” for Nelson Mandela to close Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall. More recently, Massamba has received wide acclaim for his collaboration on Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack, providing drums for King T’challa’s theme music, heard throughout the film whenever the main character makes an entrance. .


Chicago native Steve Kujala is one of the most prolific and recognized flautists of the past 30 years. Destined to become a flutist, Kujala followed in the footsteps of his father, Walfrid Kujala, flute professor at Northwestern University and former first piccolist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Young Kujala was influenced in equal measure by his father, the Beatles (and Britain’s “Pop Invasion”), Jethro Tull (and progressive art-rock bands) and Chick Corea (and the jazz/rock fusion movement ). While a student at New Trier West High School, Kujala became an early example of “multi-hyphenation/slash artists” playing lead flute in the orchestra, lead tenor sax in the ensemble jazz, 1st bassoon in the wind ensemble and electric guitar in a rock band. At the age of 17, Kujala got his first taste of international recognition when he won the “Best Jazz Flute Soloist” award – high school division – at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.


Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and broadcasters worldwide. Disney Concerts concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” movie concerts and instrumental and vocal compilation themed concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring singers and a live choir. Many new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s studio portfolio, including animated and live-action studios from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VIII), Toy Story, Aladdin, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Disney Princess – The Concert, Coco, The Lion King, Up, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which include 2019 represented more than 900 performances in many of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

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