PLAY ON: A Benefit Concert to Support Music Education, featuring The JuJu Exchange + other Merit School of Music alums - 6/24/19Monday, June 24 2019 5:00 PM Doors / 7:00 PM Start / Ends 9:00 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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PLAY ON: A Benefit Concert to Support Music Education, featuring The JuJu Exchange + other Merit School of Music alums - 6/24/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
- 9:00 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
GROUNDBREAKING JAZZ FUSION QUARTET THE JUJU EXCHANGE HEADLINES MERIT’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI CONCERT, MONDAY JUNE 24
Featuring an abridged performance of “Price of Peace,” composed by The JuJu Exchange’s Julian Reid and Nico Segal, plus performances by soprano and Ryan Opera Center alum Kimberly Jones, rising jazz pianist Alexis Lombre, vocal artist Christine Whack and more TBA!
Jazz fusion ensemble The JuJu Exchange headlines PLAY ON, a 40th Anniversary celebration for West Loop’s Merit School of Music hosted by Merit’s Associate Board, on Monday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at City Winery (1200 W Randolph St, Chicago). The jazz-infused benefit concert, curated by The JuJu Exchange’s Lane Beckstrom, features an abridged version of the ensemble’s powerful new work called “Price of Peace” in addition to performances by other notable Merit alums, such as rising jazz pianist Alexis Lombre and vocalists Christine Whack and Kimberly Jones, plus more TBA.
The JuJu Exchange is based on a musical partnership of childhood friends Beckstrom, Nico Segal, Julian Reid, and Everett Reid who came up through Merit School of Music between 1998 and 2013 with three ensemble members graduating from Merit’s intensive, audition-based Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. Jones and Whack also attended Merit School of Music with Jones now on the vocal faculty. Lombre studied with Merit teachers. These musicians each attribute their music and personal success to the exceptional training they received through Merit faculty.
Merit students, who reflect the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of Chicago, have the rare opportunity to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden their horizons as they build inspiring lives through music. Merit develops musicians and provides young people with the tools they need to excel in life, with virtually 100 percent of graduates accepted to conservatory, college or university.
Merit School of Music, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, is a nationally accredited music school located in Chicago’s West Loop. The school’s primary goals are to help young people transform their lives and experience personal growth through music by removing barriers to participation. Since its founding, Merit has been home to a diverse community of talented young musicians and has served as a springboard for achieving full musical and personal potential. Merit’s 125 passionate and experienced teaching artists provide access to high-quality music education, engaging over 3,500 students annually at its West Loop location and in area schools and community centers.