Earlier this year the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) kicked off its 30th Anniversary, celebrating three decades of percussive dance performance, education and community development programs. CHRP’s festivals, including Stomping Grounds, Rhythm World and Juba! Masters of Tap, have brought joyous entertainment to Chicago neighborhoods, as well as the Cultural Mile in Downtown Chicago.
CHRP will be kicking up their heels once more with a holiday performance to benefit We All Got Rhythm, the organization’s arts education program. The venue for the event is the Jazz Showcase, a setting that is as intimate as it is elegant, a classic and iconic venue in the Windy City.
The event, entitled Holiday Rhythms, will feature Emmy Award winner and Broadway star, Ted Louis Levy, guest appearances by Scrooge (from the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol), classical violinist Liz Stein and Irish fiddler Katie Grennan, renowned clarinetist Gail Kalver, fashionista Irene Michaels, Tristan "Tapman" Bruns, song and dance man Time Brickey . . . the Eric Hochberg Trio and more! A night full of music, song, dance, drama, fashion, holiday traditions and of course . . . CHRP’s favorite tradition, RHYTHM!
Proceeds of Human Rhythms will benefit WE ALL GOT RHYTHM, CHRP's Arts Education programs which ignite the imagination, engage the soul and immerse young people in the culture of rhythmic expression. Over the last 24 years, CHRP has brought percussive dance programs to more than 250,000 children and teens in elementary and high schools throughout Chicago with a special emphasis on underserved and disinvested communities.
For more information about the upcoming event, visit chicagotap.org.
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project to host Jazz Showcase to benefit some of its education and community development programs (photo courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project).