Thursday, March 30, 2017
Music Box Theatre
(3733 N. Southport, Chicago)
An opening night benefit screening with the Chicago Media Project’s DOC10 Film Festival for Merit School of Music.
The Chicago premiere of the inspirational documentary Sweet Dillard which chronicles the 2014 school year of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, and their irrepressible band-leader, Christopher Dorsey.
Directed by James Virga
From their first day of class to a national competition, Sweet Dillard chronicles the exploits of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble and their irrepressible band-leader, Christopher Dorsey, as they strive for musical heights. Dorsey lays down the law from the first beat, calling out his students’ cliques—black and white kids automatically inhabit separate sides of the rehearsal room, something Dorsey won’t tolerate. As he declares, “You don’t have to like each other, but you gonna respect each other.” Over the course of a year, we follow several individual students and their families, and learn of the often very serious pressures many of them face while still determinedly showing up at every rehearsal to take their seat in the band. At the end of the year, they travel to New York City for the national championships, determined to make their community proud. In our troubled America, these youth listen to their teacher—and come out with solutions for living that all of us can learn from.
5:30 pm Dinner
Featuring Merit student performers and the director of Sweet Dillard.
Grassroots (3747 N. Southport, Chicago)
7:30 pm Screening
Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport, Chicago)
Cost: $250 per person
Featuring Merit student performers and Q&A post-screening with the director of Sweet Dillard.
Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport, Chicago)
Tickets: $15 per person
Thank you to the following for their generous support of Merit in Music.
Richard and Helen Thomas Family Foundation
An Anonymous Donor
Huan J. Chang and Robert Stauffer
Jenner & Block
Dearborn Capital Partners
Anthony and Martha King, Private Dental Services
“MERIT IN MUSIC FRIENDS”
Michael and Nancie Freeborn
Emily and Christopher Knight
Lorna & Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr.
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For more information or questions about this event please contact Cathy Wloch at 312.676.3692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.