The Birth of Gospel

Spring 2014

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.

Performance Dates

Friday: April 11, 2014
8:00 PM

Pilgrim Congregational Church
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Saturday: April 12, 2014
8:00 PM

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Sunday: April 13, 2014
4:00 PM

Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

Saturday: April 19, 2014
8:00 PM

Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Rollo Dilworth, Guest Music Director (read Rollo's biography)

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

Full Program List

Audio Samples


There is a $2 price increase for all tickets sold at the door of the performances.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.  Unused tickets may be returned before the event for a tax-deductible donation.  Requests for exchanges for an alternate performance during the same season will be filled subject to availability.

Children seven years old and over are welcome at Chicago a cappella concerts.  Every child must have a ticket.  Discounted student tickets are available for all concerts.

Event Sponsors

Production Sponsor:

Klaff Family Foundation

Media Sponsor:

Naperville Sun Logo