MLK Concert Celebration

By Nichols Concert Hall (other events)

Sunday, January 15 2023 3:00 PM 5:00 PM CDT

The Music Institute of Chicago and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre present a free celebration concert that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and welcomes fellow Evanston arts organizations and community members. Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss and Evanston Reparations Committee member Claire McFarland Barber will offer remarks.
Co-curated by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Artistic Director Tim Rhoze and the Music Institute, the event features:


  • the world premiere of a “A Stone of Hope (Martin’s Song)” by Ephraim Champion, performed by Music Institute faculty Marta Aznavoorian, piano; Mara McClain, cello; and Angela DeVenuto, soprano. The Music Institute commissioned this work through the Hearing in Color Young Composer Residency; Champion is the 2022–23 composer.
  •  Music Institute alumnae and sisters Caitlin Adamson, viola, and Jada Adamson-Tate, piano (a past recipient of the Music Institute’s William Warfield Memorial Scholarship) performing Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s African Dances, Op. 58
  • a young violinist from Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative offering William Grant Still’s “Mother and Child”
  • Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play® program featuring flutist Kaylee Johnson
  • Evanston Dance Ensemble  performing a work including dance, music, and spoken word
  • T.E. & Company (Tricia Edwards) of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ
  •  a visual art exhibition in the Nichols Concert Hall lobby coordinated by the Evanston Art Center and curated by artist Fran Joy, the 2019 recipient of the Evanston Mayor’s Artist of the Year Award

By purchasing a ticket, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

Nichols Concert Hall is currently operating at full capacity, subject to future changes mandated by the State of Illinois, CDC, or other applicable local authorities.

Nichols Concert Hall is a "mask optional" facility.  If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 the day of an event, including fever, shortness of breath or coughing, do not attend the event.

Please note: All artists and staff on site must be fully vaccinated. Vaccinated performers and presenters are not required to wear masks while on stage.

Mailing Address

Nichols Concert Hall 1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201