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Nicole Mitchell premieres New Orchestra Work, Harambee: The Road to Victory January 15th and 16th

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The Chicago Sinfonietta, led by conductor/music director Mei-Ann Chen will perform its annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., which will feature a world premiere of creative flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell's Harambee: Road to Victory for choir, flute and orchestra on January 15th and 16th, 2012.

With her third orchestra piece being performed in the last six months, Nicole Mitchell is thrilled with the opportunity to share her music with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the powerful voices of the Apostolic Choir, especially for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. In her words: “Harambee: Road to Victory," joyfully celebrates the spirit of liberation, in appreciation for all those who have dedicated their energy towards bringing a higher quality of life to humanity, especially Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi." Harambee: Road to Victory will be conducted by guest conductor Jeri Lynn Johnson.

Nicole Mitchell, who will be a flute soloist on the piece, states that “Harambee: Road to Victory merges classical music, jazz and gospel music. If we can access that feeling of oneness globally and in each moment, social justice can be achieved in all arenas."

The program also includes Zoltán Kodály's lively “Dances of Galánta," Charles Ives' “Central Park in the Dark," and a selection of gospel music and spirituals, traditionally closing with a moving audience-participation rendition of “We Shall Overcome."

The Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 3 p.m. in North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $45 and $35; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). .

A repeat performance will be performed Monday, January 16th, 2012 at Chicago Symphony Center on 220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago. Tickets are $26-96, $10 students and children. Call 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

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