Lion King’s Kehinde Hart appears in Chicago Music Association&a

Among the young artists scheduled to perform in the Chicago Music Association and Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center is tenor Kehinde Hart who starred in the National Tour (Cheatah Company) of Walt Disney’s The Lion King. Hart played Simba.

The CMA concert will be held April 27 at 5 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Theater, 7059 S. Shore Dr. Another talented young artist appearing in the annual concert of aspiring musicians is Jarrett Kelly, a dancer with Giordano Jazz Dance Company who recently appeared in the world premiere of Mornin’ Low dancing to the singing of Lena Horne and trumpet virtuoso Miles Davis.

Kelly also recently toured Hawaii. Dr. Barbara Wright-Pryor, president of the Chicago Music Association, Branch No. 1 of the National Association of Negro Musician Association said, “Collegiate and young adult artists scheduled to perform in addition to tenor Keninde Hart and dancer Jarrett Kelly are significantly talented individuals and consist of Monica Perdue, soprano; Martin Lynn, tenor; William Burnside, Jonathan Cambry, D. Josiah Montgomery, and Nicole Ross, pianists along with Divale Robeson.”

Wright-Pryor pointed out that the Chicago Music Association began in Chicago in 1919 with its objective of providing recognition and opportunity for professional Negro artists and aspiring musicians. She said that the current officers Dr. Maurice A. Collins, first vicepresident; Dr. Edna Williams, second vice-president; Troas J. Alexander, co-chair CMA Advisory Council; and approximately more than a hundred local members are continuing the objectives of the original musicians who established the National Association of Musicians nearly a century ago.

The Young Artist Concert began in 1982 when it was discovered that many African American musical students in Chicago area schools were not being featured in the various programs and concerts unless they were presenting graduate recitals.

It was Chicago Musical College, then a part of Roosevelt University, along with the Chicago Defender, that introduced the special concert that featured Black musicians who were studying music in Illinois colleges and universities.

The late internationally famous bass-baritone, Dr. William Warfield, served as advisor during his tenure at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and who later was associated with Northwestern University. When Wright-Pryor became president of the organization, a member of the Chicago Defender staff advised her to appeal to the director of the South Shore Cultural Center to host the meetings and concerts in the Paul Robeson Theater.

The activities of the Chicago Music Association with the Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center continue to provide opportunities for aspiring African American artists to utilize their talents for entertain Chicago audiences.

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