Monday, December 28, 2020


Tammy McCann, Victor Goines, 
Rachel Barton Pine,
Brotherhood Chorale 
Among Performers

The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates the legacy
of Martin Luther King, Jr. through music and
discussion via livestream
January 16 and 17.
Stephanie Shonekan will explore issues of race and
identity in American music culture in a keynote
lecture on Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m. Shonekan
is associate dean of the College of Arts & Science
and professor of music at the University of Missouri,
and she earned a PhD in ethnomusicology and
folklore with a minor in African American Studies
from Indiana University. A panel discussion follows
the lecture.

On Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m., the Music Institute
 presents a concert live-streamed from Nichols 
Concert Hall featuring Music Institute alumni, 
students, faculty, and special guests, along with 
students from the Chicago Musical Pathways 
Initiative (CMPI), which offers talented student 
musicians from traditionally underrepresented 
backgrounds a pathway to musical training (the 
Music Institute is an affiliate partner of CMPI). 

Programming to date includes:
  • Alumna violinist Rachel Barton Pine, performing 
  • Louisiana Blues by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson 
  • and Hip-Hop Prayer No. 3 by Daniel Bernard 
  • Roumain
  • Artist in residence and vocalist Tammy McCann
  • the Chicago Tribune's 2020 Chicagoan of the 
  • Year in jazz, performing “How I Got Over,” which 
  • Mahalia Jackson sang prior to Dr. King’s “I Have 
  • a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on 
  • Washington
  • Alumna violinist Hannah White, performing 
  • “Between Worlds” by Carlos Simon
  • Faculty duo pianists Sung Hoon Mo and Inah 
  • Chiu, performing Symphony No. 1 in A Flat “Afro-
  • American” by William Grant Still
  • Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor 
  • Goines, joined by a rhythm section, performing 
  • his original work "MLK Suite"
  • The Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church 
  • of God, directed by Brother Brian Rice

Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty will introduce the
concert, and Reverend Dr. Raymond Hylton, senior
pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, will
offer reflections.
Music Institute President and CEO Mark George said,
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration weekend is an
opportunity for us to acknowledge the achievements of
Dr. King, as well as affirm our resolve to make
progress on issues of racial justice, especially as they
relate to the teaching of music.”
The Music Institute of Chicago’s Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebration weekend is made possible by The Chicago
Community Trust. Technology sponsorship provided by
Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Celebration events,
Including the lecture with 
Professor Stephanie Shonekan
Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m.
and the concert with Music 
Institute alumni, students, 
faculty, and special guests,
Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m.,
are available free at
All programming 
is subject to change.

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