Tuesday, July 7, 2009

National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. Celebrates 90th Anniversary in Chicago July 25-30

[David Morrow, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music at Morehouse College, is President of The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.]

NANM (The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.) celebrates its 90th Anniversary in Chicago, the city of its founding, from July 25-30, 2009. The annual meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio Street. President David E. Morrow has announced this year’s theme: “Tipping our hats to the past, rolling up our sleeves for the future.”

Festivities will begin with a pre-conference benefit concert for NANM on Saturday evening, July 25, at 7:00 p.m., featuring Donnie Ray Albert, baritone, and Marquita Lister, soprano, in “A Grand Night for Singing” with friends: Evan Bowers, tenor; Angela M. Brown, soprano; Alfreda Burke, soprano; Rodrick Dixon, tenor; Joseph Joubert, piano; Mark Rucker, baritone; Sadie Rucker, piano; and Louise Toppin, soprano.

This evening of operatic arias, duets, musical theater excerpts, and spirituals will take place at Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, 5301 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. General Admission is $35/$25 seniors and students. Tickets to this event may be purchased at
http://www.nanm.org or at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, 5500 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, on Mondays through Thursdays from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please call 773-643-1388 to confirm availability.

The conference officially opens on Sunday, July 26, with a Mass Meeting at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago. Admission is FREE and the public is invited to attend. In the evening, the annual national scholarship competition will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at 7:30 p.m. This year’s instruments are winds and mallet percussion.
Musically yours,
Barbara Wright-Pryor
Chicago Music Association,
Branch No. 1, NANM Inc. (since 1919)
(A 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization)

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