The Old Town School of Folk Music will officially commemorate its 60th anniversary with a unique tribute concert in the school’s Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue) at 4 p.m., Sunday, December 3. The one-time-only, 90-minute concert will feature a variety of performances showcasing all the school has offered throughout its rich six-decade history, including vocal and dance selections – including classics from the school’s signature Wiggleworms class - spoken word and more.
Among highlights of the celebration are performances by Old Town School teaching artists, friends and awardees of the yearly Distinguished Teaching Artist Award. Hits from every decade of the school’s musical history will be performed, 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 December 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.
More information is available at www.oldtownschool.org.
Old Town School of Folk Music exterior (photo courtesy of the Old Town School of Folk Music).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts