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16/17 Concert 3

Dr. King was a true visionary. He understood that his work would be arduous, sometimes dangerous, and take generations to effect real change. He envisioned us walking forward, hand in hand, side by side. His message remains vital today, perhaps now more than ever.

This year, we will gather together to celebrate the life and work of MLK and recommit ourselves to what we stand for. With the help of young, diverse musicians and singers from across the city, we will stage an intergenerational dedication to those that came before us and rally behind those working to make equality and freedom for all a reality still today. Culminating in an epic performance of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9., this evening promises to be more than just a concert – it will be a transformational and uplifting event.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

North Shore Center for the
Performing Arts

9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL 60077


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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Wentz Concert Hall
North Central College
171 E. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540


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Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604


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Dig Deeper. Experience More.

Visit our digital guide for the MLK Tribute Concert to learn more about the artists and music featured in the program.

Digital Guide
Mei-Ann Chen

With Special Guest Conductor Kalena Bovell, Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellow.

E'mon Lauren, Chicago Youth Poet Laureate

Violin Soloists from the Civic Orchestra: Maria Arrua, Tara Lynn Ramsey, Tomar Marcus, and Teddy Wiggins

Vocal soloists Kimberly Gunderson (soprano), Louise Rogan (mezzo-soprano), Jared Esguerra (tenor), Nicholas Davis (Baritone), and the Roosevelt University Conservatory Choirs and Alumni Chorus directed by Dr. Cheryl Frazes Hill

Plus, young musicians from: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, The People’s Music School, and Merit School of Music


Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins and Cello Opus 3 No. 10 B minor Opus
Dvořák Slavonic Dances Opus 46 No. 2 & Slavonic Dances Opus 72 No. 7
Beethoven Ode to Joy

"I have a dream." "We shall overcome." "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Words are powerful vehicles for change. Join us pre-concert and during intermission to share what you stand for with button-making, oversized magnetic poetry, and more. Plus, commit to action by connecting with local activist groups to learn how you can get involved in their efforts to celebrate how far we've come and push us to continue the fight.

Sponsored by: PWC_MACY'S


MLK Tribute: Community Events

Our community events bring a little piece of the Chicago Sinfonietta experience into more neighborhoods, exciting cultural institutions and unexpected places in Chicago and surrounding areas.

See where we're heading next on our Community Events page.