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The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its ninth annual celebration of the legendary civil rights leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God. This year’s program also will feature Music Institute of Chicago students who have received financial support through its William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund. This free concert takes place Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

The Brotherhood Chorale, a 180-member male choral group led by conductor Brian C. Rice, will again perform an electrifying program of repertoire offering traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements. This annual performance by the Brotherhood Chorale has become one of Chicago’s most inspiring annual tributes to Dr. King.

Music Institute William Warfield Scholarship recipients performing with the Chorale on the program 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 * indicates students in the Music Institute’s prestigious Academy for extraordinarily gifted pre-college musicians.) Music Institute President and CEO Mark George is composing a special work for these students to perform on the program. Additional Warfield Scholarship recipients (not performing on this program) include Braden Adamson-Tate (age 12, Skokie), trumpet student of Amy Larsen, and Adé Williams* (age 15, Chicago) violin student of Almita and Roland Vamos.

The William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund annually offers need-based financial assistance for minority students. Famed operatic baritone William Warfield was a longstanding member of the Music Institute’s board of trustees.

Admission is free; all contributions that evening benefit the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Music Institute of Chicago This concert is generously sponsored by Schaefer’s Wines, Foods & Spirits. 

Brotherhood Chorale

The nationally recognized Brotherhood Chorale was founded in Chicago in 1969 with less than 30 members. Under the guidance of its current and visionary director, Brian Rice, the Brotherhood Chorale has built an impressive repertoire and grown to approximately 180 members. In addition to performing every fourth Sunday for service, the choir sings outside the church and has been featured at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. 

Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients of all ages and experience levels at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Highland Park, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest and Downers Grove, as well as through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, is free. For information visit musicinst.org or call 847.905.1500 ext. 108.           



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