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Mandela & Martin Luther King, Jr. remembered in song

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Evanston celebrates Nelson Mandela with music and reflection in a free concert at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17 at Nichols Concert Hall on1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. The program is sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago, the City of Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation, the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, and Northwestern University.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. concert featuring the Brotherhood Chorale takes place on Sunday, January 19 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall on 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Admission is $10 and is available at musicinst.org or by calling 847-905-1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change. Proceeds support the Music Institute’s William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Chicago Sinfonietta presents its Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two performances: Sunday, January 19 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College in Naperville on 171 E. Chicago Avenue; and Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center on 220 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The centerpiece of the Sinfonietta’s 2014 MLK tribute is the North American premiere of a multimedia work by Dutch avant-pop composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis, a.k.a. JacobTV, called Mountain Top.

“As a Dutch boy growing up in the ‘60s, I remember King very well because the media in Holland reported on him regularly,” notes JacobTV. “Mountain Top is a timeless speech in which King calls for unity and non-violent protest, while challenging the United States to live up to its ideals. King was a charismatic preacher and one of the greatest orators of American history. His passionate speech is characterized by a rich melodic intonation, a great source of musical inspiration for me, in addition to the words themselves.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling t312-236-3681 ext. 2 or visiting www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

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