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Hinsdale, IL

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Sweet Honey In The Rock

MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will once again take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will look out to an audience of thousands from around the world who have joined via Zoom so that they can be seen by the artists. The concert will feature an exciting lineup of special guests including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence, and Wycliffe Gordon who reflect the life of Reverend King and offer words of inspiration for the future.

Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired with songs about a range of social issues, blending potent themes with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul. Throughout their sterling career, the ensemble has raised their voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality, and freedom for all.

The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated and internationally renowned group currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashielland features Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. This performance will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Barbara Hunt.

This event is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (CAH). The CAH is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia and is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Festival de Flamenco

An Adventure In Traditional Music and Dance from Granada

Uncork a bottle of sherry, dust off your sense of adventure, and join us for a festival of music and dance set in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The afternoon begins with Variación a Tempo, the newest award-winning work by Sara Jimenez and Pablo Gimenez, broadcast live from Teatro Mira Amescua in Guadix. The exquisitely choreographed piece chronicles the evolution of Spanish music and dance, linking the classical traditions' influence on the more modern genre, flamenco. 

We then retreat to the olive groves of Almazara de Paulenca for an intimate performance broadcast live from a rustic, family-owned olive mill. Against a backdrop of hand-hewn timbers and terracotta tiles, guitarist Pablo Giménez leads a Granada based ensemble which features dancers Rocío Montoya, of Riverdance acclaim, and Jasiel Nahim. They remind us that nothing, not even a pandemic, can temper the passion of authentic Flamenco.

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Jesús Bienvenido

CARNIVAL BY CANDLELIGHT FROM CÁDIZ

Born in Cadiz, Spain, Jesús Bienvenido is a celebrated Carnival performer, composer, and singer-songwriter who embodies the region’s romantic musical heritage. He has written songs for many of Spain’s biggest stars including Antonio Banderas, Pasion Vega, India Martinez, Manuel Carrasco, and David de Maria. His socially conscious repertoire addresses themes ranging from politics and immigration to domestic violence and human rights. Jesús is the recipient of three Candela y Espino Prizes awarded by Amnesty International.

Broadcast live from Cadiz, Spain, this day of celebration begins with a staging of “Momo’s Four Suites,” which Jesús composed as a tribute to the city’s legendary Carnival. The show evokes the spirit of the beloved annual tradition with colorful costumes, storytelling, and humor while reimagining the music in a more contemporary and seductive style. He brings a different character to life in each suite, immersing the audience in the spectacle that has enlivened the streets of Cadiz for generations.

We then retreat to a more intimate setting for “Bolero by Candlelight”, an evening made for lovers that lends Spanish romanticism to America’s Valentine's Day. Slip into something comfortable, pour a glass of wine, light a few candles, and snuggle up to a selection of songs that will transport you and your loved one to a dimly lit cafe on the Southwestern coast of Spain.

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