A photograph of jazz musician Damien Sneed sitting in front of a piano.

Songs of Protest & Reconciliation

Friday, August 18, 2017

6–10:30 p.m.

Musicians have a powerful and fearless tradition of speaking to the challenges of their time, reconciling differences and inspiring hope – think Nina Simone’s Civil Rights anthem I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free, Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water or Stevie Wonder’s You Will Know. Award-winning pianist Damien Sneed, joined by special guest Keyon Harrold and various special guests, leads and stars in this final event of JAZZ & CHIHULY.

Sneed is an acclaimed multi-genre artist with a breathtaking imagination and global reach who regularly performs with artists including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Lawrence Brownlee and Jessye Norman. Harrold has worked with artists including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, and most recently was featured as the trumpet sound of Miles Davis in the Grammy-Award winning soundtrack of 2016 biopic “Miles Ahead.”

Evening Schedule

6 p.m. | Doors Open
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m. | CHIHULY Viewing

Ticket Pricing

Non-Member $45 / Member $40
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $120 / Member $105

Advance purchase recommended. Event is rain or shine.


Includes Corporate and Patrons


  1. Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. An acclaimed artist with a global reach, Sneed has performed in Europe, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South America, Africa and the United States. He also has performed at historic national and international events, including the 2012 Olympics in London and activities related to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

  2. Raised in the (now infamous) Ferguson, MO, Keyon Harrold has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. A graduate from the famous Mannes Jazz Program at the New School University, Keyon is an eclectic trumpeter/music producer/arranger/songwriter who has been featured on nearly 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel to blues and hip hop. Keyon has toured and recorded with or produced for some of the world’s best artists and ensembles like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill, to name a few. He has also had numerous musical placements in film and TV including the Miles Davis Biopic Miles Ahead, directed by Don Cheadle, where he is featured as the trumpet player behind Don Cheadle’s onscreen performances. His next album will be released in early 2017.

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