To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the official MLK holiday, the Joffrey Academy of Dance is hosting an African Dance Master Class with Andrea Vinson on Monday, January 21, from noon to 1:00 pm on the third floor of Joffrey Tower on 10 East Randolph Street.
Designed for families, this class is an introduction to African dance and is appropriate for all levels of experience. Instructor Andrea Vinson has been in the dance profession for more than 25 years, encompassing the worlds of entertainment (theater, television, film) and education (elementary, high school, colleges).
The African Dance Master Class is $15 per person. Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to make a reservation by registering online by Friday, January 18 at joffrey.org/mlk or by phone at 312-784-4600.
Chicago Sinfonietta continues its milestone 25th Anniversary Season with its Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring special guest Grammy Award®-winning bass-baritone Eric Owens in his conducting debut.
"One of my goals for the Sinfonietta, and a personal passion of mine, is to help expose talented diverse conductors to our audience,” states Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. "At last year's MLK concert I invited Jerilynn Johnson to share the podium with me, and I am very excited to be able to provide opera superstar Eric Owens with his debut conducting opportunity at this year's performances."
The concert opens with The Oak by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to achieve international recognition as a symphonic composer. It is followed by Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and Obo Addy’s Wawshishijay.
The Chicago Premiere of I’m a Soldier (Spiritual Suite) arranged by composer Lena McLin and gospel music performed by the award‐winning Mosaic Choir, under the musical direction of Mark Myers, is also on the program which concludes with We Shall Overcome.
Tickets for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College (171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville) at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 20 range range from $40 to $50. For 7:30 pm concert on Monday, January 21 at the Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Avenue) range from $26 to $50, with special $10 pricing available for students. To order, call 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.