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Concordia-Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust present free performance of "Soul Sisters"


Concordia University Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust will present performances of Soul Sisters on Friday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. The shows will take place at Oak Park Township Services, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, IL. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The multicultural musical Soul Sisters features two outstanding singers, one African-American and the other Jewish, who reclaim their heritage and their souls through music. Hailed as “riveting,” “unifying” and “a musical treasure,” Soul Sisters has toured to 31 theaters, universities and communities across the country. Performances are targeted to audiences ages 50 and older.

Reservations are required. To reserve your seats for the Dec. 4 or Dec. 11 performance, call Celeste at 708-383-8060, ext. 134 or email

The free performances are funded by a $15,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust awarded to Concordia-Chicago faculty members Dr. Rekha S. Rajan and Dr. Lydia K. Manning. The grant program focuses on community-based arts experiences to strengthen and support artistic and cultural diversity. Rajan, an arts educator, and Manning, a gerontologist, are researching older adults’ perceptions and experiences when attending a live musical theater performance.

Playwright Joanne Koch, who is also director of the Master’s in Written Communication Program at National Louis University, co-wrote Soul Sisters with the late Albany, NY author and professor Sarah Blacher Cohen.