Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chicago Music Association presents "'Fantasie Negre II' - A Celebration of My People” Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4 PM, South Shore Cultural Center

Mark Rucker

Charles Joseph Smith

Sherwood String Ensemble

August 5, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues of Chicago Music Association and NANM Members:
Chicago Music Association (CMA), Branch No. 1, NANM, Inc. (since 1919) will present “Fantasie Negre II  -  A Celebration of My People” Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Theater of South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.  Presented in observance of the 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the recital repertoire will highlight works by Black composers.

Guest artists Mark Rucker, internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera baritone, and Charles Joseph Smith, composer and award-winning pianist, will perform a duo-recital to benefit Chicago Music Association’s Scholarship Fund and to help underwrite the cost of the free community concerts to be presented by CMA during the 2014-2015 concert season.

Approximately one-third of our annual costs are covered by donations, consequently, we rely heavily on the generosity of contributors like you to help cover the remainder of our costs.  This is why we are asking for your financial assistance at this time.

Mr. Rucker will be accompanied by his wife, pianist Sadie Rucker. Baritone Rucker and pianist Smith are both native Chicagoans. 

Making a cameo appearance to open the duo- recital for the two renowned artists is The Sherwood String Ensemble, Robert Fisher, conductor

General Admission is by a donation of $35 for Adults and $15 for Students with ID and Children 12 years of age and under.  Additional donation categories include reserved seating (number of seats determined by the amount of your donation) and recognition in the printed program book. 

    $500.00 + - Grand Benefactor ( receives four (4) Reserved Seats)    
    $350.00 -    Underwriter  (receives three (3) Reserved Seats)
    $200.00 –   Guarantor (receives two (2) Reserved Seats)
    $  75.00 –   Supporter (receives one (1) Reserved Seat)

It will be our pleasure to acknowledge donations of $75.00 or more in the concert program, however a gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.  Chicago Music Association is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. 

Names to be included in the printed program must be received NO LATER THAN Tuesday, August 12. You may submit your name, address and telephone number by email to  Please make all checks or money orders payable to Chicago Music Association and mail IMMEDIATELY to ensure receipt BEFORE the print deadline of August 14.

CMA c/o Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649

For more information, please call 773-721-3210.   Thank you for your generosity and continued support of Chicago Music Association.
Musically yours,   

Barbara Wright-Pryor, President, Chicago Music Association, 
Branch No. 1, NANM Inc. (since 1919)
Transforming lives through the power of music
(A tax-exempt not-for-profit organization)
(773) 721-3210, office phone and fax    

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