Celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Chicago Sinfonietta! For over 30 years Sinfonietta has presented an annual M.L.K. concert - a testament to the orchestra’s mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This year Project Inclusion Conducting Fellows Kellen Gray and Kedrick Armstrong will helm the podium — each of them a new talent to watch. Plus, a moving rendition of Trevor Weston's "The People Could Fly" featuring violinist Kyle J. Dickson. And incredible readings of some of M.L.K.’s famous speeches by Kenneth Woods. The Waubansie Valley Mosaic Choir will also be featured in several of the musical pieces.
Performances are Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville, Illinois, and Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago.
Edward Kelsey Moore will be among his orchestra colleagues for these concerts.
Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta's groundbreaking fellowship program where talent and mentorship converge to further develop emerging musicians, conductors, and administrators. Each season Project Inclusion offers multifaceted, professional development fellowships to four orchestral and ensemble musicians, up to four conductors, and one or two arts administrators.
Now in its 31st year, Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra and is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and racial and cultural equity in the arts. Each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks from a diverse array of voices: to entertain, transform and inspire. In 2016, Chicago Sinfonietta was the proud recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI). This award recognizes exceptional organizations that are key contributors in their fields.