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Orchestrating A Celebration For “The Empress Of The Blues”

Bessie Smith
Carl Van Vechten / Library of Congress
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Bessie Smith

Next year marks a century since Bessie Smith began her recording career - and in early 2023, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will lead a multi-layered celebration of Bessie’s life and music in collaboration with community partners, titled: “Bessie Smith: Orchestrating the Blues.”

John Kilkenny is executive director of the CSO.

“Bessie Smith:  Orchestrating the Blues” banner.
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
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