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Chicago Sinfonietta to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nov. 3, 2010—The Chicago Sinfonietta pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a rousing musical experience Jan. 15 at North Central College.

The Chicago Sinfonietta marks the life and work of King with the musical celebration, “Concert III: A Dream Unfolds.” The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $60 and $50; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

In this beloved concert tradition, guest conductor Leslie B. Dunner joins Maestro Paul Freeman and the Chicago Sinfonietta in paying tribute to King. Through a set of five works and multiple guest artists, this celebration will commemorate King’s legacy and allow listeners to reflect on King’s indelible mark on American history.

The program features the neoclassical overture from Theater Set for Orchestra by Ulysses Kay; Pulitzer Prize-winner George Walker’s Lyric for Strings; and Concerto for a Genius, arranged by Orbert Davis and featuring McArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient and renowned ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson. The second part of the program will be highlighted by George Gershwin’s folk opera “Porgy and Bess,” arranged by Robert Fussell Bennett and Leslie B. Dunner, where the Sinfonietta will be joined by guest vocalists Lisa Daltrius, Reggie Whitehead, Donnie Ray Albert and the Chicago Community Chorus led by Keith Hampton.

The Chicago Sinfonietta is the most diverse orchestra in the United States and has a proud history of enriching the cultural, educational and social quality of life in Chicago. This is the final season the Sinfonietta is under the musical direction of Freeman, who founded the ensemble in 1987. The Chicago Sinfonietta is the official orchestra of Joffrey Ballet. For more about the Chicago Sinfonietta, visit

Nicor and Sara Lee and corporate underwriters for this performance. North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation is an underwriting sponsor.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).