Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with great classical concerts around Chicago

On Sunday, Jan. 20 and Monday, Jan. 21, Chicagoans will have the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day with concerts presented by the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God.

The Chicago Sinfonietta  will commemorate the global influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message with their Annual Tribute Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Eric Owens and Metropolitan Opera principal clarinetist Anthony McGill  (pictured at right) .  Under the baton of music director Mei-Ann Chen, the Sinfonietta will take a musical journey through America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

Eric Owens, a bass-baritone best known for lead roles with major opera companies around the United States, will make his conductorial debut with Samuel Barber’s Adagio. Owens will also sing I’m a Soldier (Spiritual Suite) by Chicagoan Lena McClin.  Metropolitan Opera principal clarinetist Anthony McGill will perform Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. McGill, who grew up in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, performed at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in a chamber ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero.

Other works on the performance will include Ghanian drummer Obo Addy’s Wawshishijay (originally composed for the Kronos Quartet) and gospels and spirituals from around the world song by the Mosaic Choir from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora

The performances will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20th at 3:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville and on Monday, Jan. 21st at 7:30 pm at Symphony Center in Chicago. Tickets are available at chicagosinfonietta.org or by calling 312-284-1554.

The nationally renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God will present its ninth annual free concert honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will also feature Music Institute of Chicago students who have received financial support through the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund, which offers need-based assistance for minority students.

The Brotherhood Chorale and the William Warfield Scholarship Recipients will join together to perform a work specially composed for the occasion by Music Institute President and CEO Mark George. Students performing with the Chorale include Jada Adamson-Tate (age 9, Skokie), piano student of Claire Neiweem; Nina Liverpool (age 9, Highland Park), piano student of Louise Chan; Hannah White* (age 12, Germantown, Wisc.), violin student of Hye-Sun Lee; Lucienne Williams (age 12, Chicago), viola student of Sarah Montzka; and Mira Williams* (age 14, Chicago), viola student of Marko Dreher.

The performance takes place Sunday, Jan. 20th at 5 pm at MIC’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.  For more information, please visit musicinst.org or call 847.905.1500 ext. 108. 


Photos courtesy of the Chicago Sinfonietta and The Music Institute of Chicago          

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