November 14, 2021 – Battle for the Ballot

  • 4:00 PM
  • Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

Battle for the Ballot

The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra celebrates the ratification of the 19th amendment with an all-American program entitled “The Battle for the Ballot.” A Time to Vote by Gwyneth Walker will receive its midwest premiere, and will be paired with The Battle for the Ballot by Chicago-based Stacy Garrop. Both works are built around quotes from famous suffragettes and Garrop’s piece, written in the summer of 2020, features quotes by famous black suffragettes as well, a nod to racial tensions then and now.

These 2 works are bookended by pieces by African-American composers. Strum by Jessie Montgomery opens the program by blending pop and jazz styles into a work for string orchestra. We end with Symphony No. 1 in e minor by Florence Price. Premiered by the Chicago Symphony in 1933, Symphony No. 1 draws on American and African-American folk styles in a work that is reminiscent of Dvořák’s famous New World Symphony.


3PM Pre-Concert Discussion

Chicago composer Stacy Garrop whose work, “The Battle for the Ballot,” was the inspiration for this concert program, and Gwyneth Walker, who composed “A Time to Vote”, will lead a pre-concert discussion about their pieces and compositional process. Enrich your concert experience by learning about their inspiration and motivation in composing these pieces.


  • Walker – World Premier – A Time To Vote
  • Garrop – The Battle for the Ballot
  • Montgomery – Strum
  • Price – Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Ticket Prices:

  • $20 Adults
  • $10 Students and Seniors


Advance ticket purchase online is recommended for all patrons. Tickets will be available at the concert for those unable to buy online.

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Show your favorite musician your support by purchasing a Shout Out to be printed in the concert program book. Shout outs are available in 1/4, 1/2, and full-page formats, are tax deductible, and may be purchased on this page. 1/2 page and full-page formats can include an image. Please purchase the shout out and then complete a quick form to provide shout out details. If you have questions about shout outs, please email info@lakeforestcivicorchestra.org with questions. Shout outs must be purchased by October 1st to allow time for layout and printing.

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Lake Forest Civic Orchestra
P.O. Box 889
Lake Forest, IL 60045