I recently read in The Chicago Tribune about a new jazz work inspired by the life of the First Lady. The composition about Mrs. Obama had its world premiere in Chi-Town last Tuesday at the Spertus Institute. It was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
One highlight of this work seems to be when singer Dee Alexander — assuming Michelle Obama’s voice — cried out: “How could I know?” How could Mrs. O have anticipated, in other words, that the man she married would become a symbol to millions?
Fitting that this show would launch in Mrs. Obama’s hometown of Chicago. I wonder how long it will be before other cities begin to follow with similar musical tributes.