Preview: Music Institute of Chicago in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Stephanie-Shonekan will speak about Race and Identity in American Music Culture this Saturday. Photo by Nicholas Brenner.

the Chicago Institute of Music will broadcast free events this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The following Sunday, the MIC will host a virtual open house for members of the public to learn about educational and other programs it offers to children and adults. These events are part of the MIC’s 90th anniversary celebration.

This weekend’s MLK festivities open on Saturday with a talk titled Race and Identity in American Music Culture by Stephanie Shonekan from the University of Missouri. Shonekan will then participate in a round table with composers Carlos simon and Daniel Bernard Romanian; Alyce Claerbaut, president of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc., follows. Saturday January 16, 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the MLK celebration will continue with prerecorded performances by several MIC alumni, faculty and guests. Interpreters include students from the Chicago Music Trails Initiative, which is aimed at student musicians from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

Two works by African-American composer William Grant Still are on the program. Oboist Zachary Allen to perform Still’s Incantation, and piano duo Sung Hoon Mo and Inah Chiu will perform an adaptation of Still’s Symphony No. 1 in A flat, Afro-American. Other performers include jazz saxophonist and clarinetist and Victor goines and Friends, who will play the work of Goines, MLK Suite. Violinist and MIC alumnus Rachel Barton Pine to perform Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson‘s Louisiana Blues and that of Romanian Hip-Hop Prayer n ° 3. The program will end with a performance of Choir of the Fraternity of the Apostolic Church of God, directed by brother Brian Rice. Sunday January 17, 3 p.m.

Choir of the Fellowship of the Apostolic Church of God performing at the Nichols Auditorium. Photo of Erin Fosco.

The following Sunday, MIC will organize a virtual open house to allow the public to learn about the educational programs it offers to children and adults. Like any other cultural institution, it had to adapt to the world of the pandemic. He continued his music education programs, including private lessons and classes in virtual environments. The public will have the opportunity to meet professors and staff to learn about these programs. Sunday January 24, 2 p.m.

You can find links to this Saturday’s free conference and this Sunday’s free concert at The virtual open house requires an RSVP. It can be supplied to

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