Roosevelt University to Observe Black History Month with Mountain Top

CCPA Chorus

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–February 11, 2016. Students and alumni from Roosevelt University’s Music Conservatory Chorus and Chorale will mark Black History Month with February 16 through 18 performances for high school students and the public of Jacob TV’s Mountain Top.

Rarely seen in the Chicago area, this emotionally moving multi-media event incorporates singing with film excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech.

“This is a civil rights-oriented program for Black History Month that pays tribute to Dr. King and also recognizes Roosevelt’s brave founding commitment that began in 1945 to provide educational opportunities for all, regardless of factors like race and religion,” said Cheryl Frazes Hill, a Roosevelt music professor who directs the University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Conservatory Chorus.

Mountain Top was last performed in the Chicago area in 2014 by the Chicago Sinfonietta. Noon-time performances for area high school students will be held on Feb. 16 at Roosevelt University in Chicago and February 17 at Stevenson High School in suburban Lincolnshire. A free performance that is open to the public will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18 in Roosevelt’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

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American spirituals and Civil Rights-era music also are part of the show that includes performances by members of the Conservatory Chorale conducted by Roosevelt voice professor Mark Crayton.

“The program is timely in light of the many issues of race and inequality that continue to plague our communities,” said Frazes Hill, whose 65 singers have prepared for the performances by reading King’s biography and seeing the recent Hollywood film called Selma.

“We expect this to be more than just a concert. It is an opportunity for our singers and our audiences to engage emotionally and artistically with issues that are relevant to our history as well as our lives today,” she said.