Oscar Peterson’s Africa Suite
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Jun 13, 2025

Honoring the legacies of Oscar Peterson and Nelson Mandela

In a rare live performance, Oscar Peterson’s Africa Suite is presented by an all-star ensemble including his protégé Benny Green and led by legendary composer and arranger John Clayton. The suite, inspired in part by Nelson Mandela and the intense struggle for human rights in apartheid South Africa, accentuates Peterson’s “technically brilliant and melodically inventive” (All About Jazz) style and reverence for social justice activism.