American Anthem: Songs that Challenge, Unite, and Celebrate

Chicago a cappella
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Oak Park, IL
Event date: 
13 Oct 2019
Start Time: 
3:00 PM
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 

A concert based on the NPR series about songs that have become symbolic anthems of social movements and milestones of American history

The vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella got the inspiration for its upcoming concert from a series on National Public Radio.  American Anthem: Songs that Challenge, Unite and Celebrate will include songs featured on that series, including moving folk hymns, powerful pop songs, and familiar ballads, representing critical moments from America’s past and social movements from Civil Rights to #MeToo. Ensemble member Kathryn Kamp, who created the concert, said she was “standing at the kitchen sink listening to NPR” when the idea struck her.  Like many Chicago a cappella concerts, the series illustrates connections between music and history, and Kamp has compiled some of the series’ most iconic songs into a concert that includes “I Am Woman,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Prepared by music director Patrick Sinozich, the ten dynamic singers of Chicago a cappella will share back stories about why these songs have become symbolic anthems.  Don’t miss this captivating concert experience.

American Anthem: Songs that Challenge, Unite and Celebrate will take place Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:00pm at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3:00pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:00pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7:30pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL. For tickets and more information visit or call (773) 281-7820.

Soundtrack to History

American Anthem celebrates music that has underscored some of the most important moments in our nation’s history, from patriotic refrains to rabble-rousing appeals.  Among the concert’s highlights are the 1960's peace-and-brotherhood anthem "Let’s Get Together"; the WWI morale booster “Over There”;  the LGBT pop anthem “Born this Way”; traditional tunes like "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "Goin' Home"; and songs about our country, from the aspirational prayer of “America the Beautiful” to the uncertain longing of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.”

With many new arrangements written just for Chicago a cappella, this will be an illuminating and thought-provoking musical experience.

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