Merit In Music

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.

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Sweet Dillard

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.

PATRON DINNER

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

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Screening

7:30 pm
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

Families welcome

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Merit in Music Sponsors

Thank you to the following for their generous support of Merit in Music.

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Richard and Helen Thomas Family Foundation

 

GOLD SPONSOR

 

SILVER SPONSORS

An Anonymous Donor

Huan J. Chang and Robert Stauffer

Jenner & Block

 

BRONZE SPONSOR

Dearborn Capital Partners

 

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Jayson Bronchetti

Anthony and Martha King, Private Dental Services

 

“MERIT IN MUSIC FRIENDS”

BMO Harris

Michael and Nancie Freeborn

Emily and Christopher Knight

Lorna & Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr.

Jennifer Ridder

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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For more information or questions about this event please contact Cathy Wloch at 312.676.3692 or cwloch@meritmusic.org.