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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Centennial

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Centennial

WDCB's Gary Zidek talks to Chicago Jazz Philharmonic artistic director Orbert Davis about HOPE IN ACTION: CELEBRATING NELSON MANDELA'S CENTENNIAL.

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"These days, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, we're very focused on art being a vehicle for social change.  The music, itself, our goal is that it will touch people (they'll) hear the message and they will react accordingly." - Orbert Davis

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Honoring Nelson Mandela’s centennial year, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is bringing back a program that premiered in 2008 as part of a worldwide celebration of Mandela’s 90th birthday. The composition weaves jazz and classical music with African rhythms and narration from Mandela’s speeches. With featured performances from vocalist Dee Alexander, saxophonist Rajiv Halim, and theater artist Ron OJ Parson. 

 Nelson Mandela, July 18, 1918 –  December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, July 18, 1918 –  December 5, 2013

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will present HOPE IN ACTION: CELEBRATING NELSON MANDELA’S CENTENNIAL on Monday July 16 at Pritzker Pavilion.  The free concert starts at 6:30 pm, click here for more information.

New Documentary Compares Elvis' Journey With the Rise & Fall of the American Dream

New Documentary Compares Elvis' Journey With the Rise & Fall of the American Dream

New Doc Paints An Authentic Portrait of Trailblazing Designer

New Doc Paints An Authentic Portrait of Trailblazing Designer