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The History of Rock and Soul Part 2

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WXRT’S TERRI HEMMERT JOINS CHICAGO A CAPPELLA FOR A SEQUEL TO 2016’S SOLD-OUT ROCK AND SOUL CONCERT: FEATURING 20 NEW ARRANGEMENTS OF FAVORITE ROCK AND SOUL HITS

CHICAGO — WXRT’s legendary Terri Hemmert joins the acclaimed Chicago a cappella ensemble as curator in a sequel to their 2016 sold-out concert, The History of Rock and Soul, Part 2. Music-guro Terri Hemmert has taught The History of Rock and Soul for many years as a favorite college course, and this concert takes inspiration from it and her vast decades-wide knowledge of music. Songs will include hits ranging from Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Don’t Stop” and Elton John’s beloved “Your Song” to energized favorites such as Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Lady Gaga’s 2011 “Born This Way”.  With new arrangements by Chicago a cappella’s Music Director Emeritus Patrick Sinozich, this satisfying musical trip will leave you singing for weeks to come!

The History of Rock and Soul, Part 2 will take place Friday, April 13 at 8:00 pm at Pilgrim
Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL, on the campus of North Central
College; Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm at Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL.

Special Performance
Experience Chicago a cappella in a whole new way at one of the city's top hot spots, Lincoln Hall. The intimate Lincoln Park club, called "one of the city's most vital venues," offers dinner and drinks before or after the concert as well as drinks during the show. Whether you sit on the main floor, casually sip drinks at a table, or mingle in the exclusive VIP Club, it's a true nightclub experience you won't forget.
The History of Rock and Soul Part 2: Live with Terri Hemmert at Lincoln Hall will take place Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL.

Terri Hemmert
For more than 40 years, Terri Hemmert has been playing “Chicago’s Finest Rock” as a disc jockey on WXRT/Chicago. She studied speech at Elmhurst College and began her professional broadcasting career in 1970 at WGLD/Chicago. After a stint in Rochester, NY, she landed at WXRT in 1973, working the overnight shift and the afternoon slot before becoming Chicago’s first female morning drive personality in 1981. In 1992, Terri moved to the mid-day position, which she has held ever since. Her affection for the music of the Beatles is particularly well-known, and she has been host of WXRT’s Breakfast with the Beatles since 2002.  She has long taught a course on The History of Rock and Soul at Columbia College Chicago, on which this concert is based.  A noted humanitarian and activist, Terri has served on the Board of Directors for the Peace Museum, volunteered on behalf of the AIDS Pastoral Care Network, and worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to create music education programs. She has curated the CSO’s acclaimed Classic Encounter series for over 15 years.  Terri has led post-concert lectures for Chicago a cappella’s “Baroque and Beatles” concerts and serves as emcee for the company’s annual Gala.  Terri Hemmert was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2010
 

Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eleven venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).


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