North Central College - Naperville, IL

College presents 22nd annual Gospel Extravaganza Jan. 23

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

A collection of choirs will perform rousing spiritual pieces Jan. 23 when North Central College presents its 22nd annual Gospel Extravaganza.

The Gospel Extravaganza is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults, $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http

Voices of PraiseThe event concludes the College’s annual Martin Luther King Week and features a variety of energetic and enthusiastic gospel performers. In addition to North Central's own Voices of Praise gospel choir, performers include the 50-member Wheaton College Gospel Choir, Lisle-based DuPage African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and the 80-member Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Chorale.

Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Chorale will perform a diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary gospel music along with skillful choreography that incorporates elements of hip hop. The chorale was the first-place winner in Chicago's 2005 All-City Gospel Challenge Choir Competition, was named the Chicago Music Awards “Best Gospel Entertainer” in 2008 and honored as Hope Today Magazine's “People To Know” in 2008.

Other events featured during Martin Luther King Week include a lecture by noted author and activist Cornel West on Jan. 15 and a special presentation of Chicago Sinfonietta’s “The Dream Lives On: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” on Jan. 16. On the 50th anniversary of King’s visit to Naperville, West will speak from the same stage and lectern as the great civil rights leader did in 1960.

This event is partially underwritten by Nicor.

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. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, including details about other Martin Luther King Week events, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).