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Chicago a cappella to Debut New Work by North Park's Rollo Dilworth

Chicago a cappella

CHICAGO (January 31, 2008) — "The singers, as always, brought fire to the stage and had us laughing and even tearful . . ." heralded the Chicago Sun-Times of a recent performance by Chicago a cappella, set to perform at North Park University on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. to round out the 27th season of Chamber Music at North Park.

A true Chicago treasure with a burgeoning international fan base, this nine-member ensemble enlightens and entertains audiences with repertoire from the ninth to the 21st Century – with a focus on music of the present day. Their inventive March 1 program, an "Evening of Romanticism and Rock 'n' Roll," will feature Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann alongside chartbusters of the 1950s and '60s. And before the evening's end, concertgoers will delight in the debut of a new work, "Roll, Jordan, Roll", composed by Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs at the University.

Chicago a cappella members also will lead a master class in Vocal Performance/Vocal Ensemble – open to the public and Chicago-area music students – on Thursday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. The ensemble includes: Harold Brock, tenor; Michael Boschert, tenor; Matt Greenberg, baritone; Elizabeth Grizzell, mezzo; Kathryn Kamp, soprano; Cary Lovett, tenor; Trevor Mitchell, tenor; Cari Plachy, soprano; Benjamin Rivera, bass; Susan Schober, mezzo; and Brian Streem, baritone. Jonathan Miller is Founder and Artistic Director, and Patrick Sinozich serves as Music Director. For more information, please visit chicagoacappella.org.

All Chamber Music at North Park events are held in North Park University's Anderson Chapel (3225 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago) and open to the public. Tickets are $25 for performances ($15 for seniors 62 years and older, and students) and $10 for master classes. For more information and ticket reservations, call the School of Music at (773) 244-5625.

Master Classes and Lectures The 27th season of Chamber Music at North Park welcomes music students and members of the public to the campus of North Park University for a series of concerts and – new this year – performer-lead lectures and master classes. "Top-tier tutorials are a great way to welcome music students from other universities to North Park and the School of Music," explains Karen Dickelman, manager of the series. "They also allow chamber music fans to learn from some of the most accomplished performers in the world." Classes and lectures will run approximately two hours and will give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with performers.

Rollo Dilworth and the Power of Music At North Park since 1996, Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs. A successful and sought-after conductor and composer, Dilworth has published over 100 choral compositions and arrangements; a children's musical, "River Child"; and a choral methods book, "Choir Builders". Frequently featured in such publications as the Boston Globe, the Chicago SunTimes, the Chicago Tribune and Jet magazine, he asserts that music "has the power to uplift us. It has the power to inspire us. It has the power to communicate to the soul in ways that words can not, I believe." Dilworth earned his doctorate in Choral Conducting Performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a bachelor's in Music Education from Case Western University.

(JRL)