The Birth of Gospel - Chicago a cappella

The Birth of Gospel

Program created by Jonathan Miller with Rollo Dilworth / Music Direction by Rollo Dilworth

Chicago a cappella will tell the story of gospel music’s beginnings through song. We’ll take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. At each of our venues, a gospel choir from that community will join Chicago a cappella on stage as musical guest artists. Rollo Dilworth, the dynamic, internationally-acclaimed choral director, arranger, and teacher, will serve as guest music director for the program, leading from the piano for a rousing gospel finale.

Guest Choirs:
Oak Park: Oak Park and River Forest High School Gospel Choir
Evanston: Faith Temple Church of God in Christ Youth Choir
Naperville:  DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church “Praise Team” Choir
Chicago: Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church “Youth in Action” Choir


April 11, 2014

8:00 PM

Pilgrim Congregational Church

460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

April 12, 2014

8:00 PM

Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

April 13, 2014

4:00 PM

Wentz Concert Hall

171 E. Chicago Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

April 19, 2014

8:00 PM

Logan Center for the Arts

915 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637


Matt Greenberg


Elizabeth Grizzell


Margaret Quinnette


Emily Price


Alexia Rivera


Michael Roemer


Rollo Dilworth

Music director

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