Sunday November 19 2:36 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


12/03/2017 - 16:00
12/03/2017 - 19:00

Among highlights to be performed by Old Town School teaching artists, friends and awardees of the yearly Distinguished Teaching Artist Award are hits from every decade of the school’s musical history, including Big Bill Broonzy’s “Glory of Love,” Steve Goodman’s “City Of New Orleans,” and Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago.”

The celebration also includes the opening of Old Town School's new ‘Walking History,’ an interactive permanent archival exhibition of the School’s history as told through photos and videos integrated with Vamonde, an urban storytelling app, for self-guided tours.

“The celebration of our anniversary will acknowledge our roots and the remarkable culture that they nurtured, but also look to our future,” said Bau Graves, Executive Director of the Old Town School of Folk Music. “In 1957, Old Town School represented a small community of folkie activists. Today, there are dozens of ethnic and aesthetic communities that find common cause in our programs. The concert will be a culmination of that synergy, and take the audience along for the ride.”

The Dec. 3 program is free for Old Town School members, and any remaining tickets will be ‘pay-what you-want’ at the door, with funds benefiting Old Town School’s financial aid program and public school outreach.

About Old Town School of Folk Music:
Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music is the largest community school of the arts in the U.S. and a non-profit organization committed to celebrating American music and global cultures. The school teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one’s interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and over 400 concerts per year.

The Old Town School opened its Lincoln Square facility in 1998 and expanded in 2012. The Old Town School owns and operates three facilities situated in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park that include 425-seat and two 150-seat concert halls, 64 classrooms, two music stores, cafe and a resource center. Children’s classes are also held at several suburban satellite locations.

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