Mt. Prospect library to celebrate Black History Month

Published2/6/2009 12:03 AM

Celebrate Black History Month when the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation hosts the Second Baptist Church of Evanston's Gospel Chorale for a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the library, 10 S. Emerson St.

The chorale, directed by Dr. Charles Clency, features many talented voices in a stirring gospel music demonstration of the beauty and power of the African-American experience.


Skilled as an organist, pianist, and conductor, Clency was accompanist-arranger for the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson until her death in 1972, according to the Second Baptist Church Web site.

He later produced six albums with his 60-singer Voices of Melody, which gained national renown.

Since 2004, Dr. Clency has been the minister of music at Second Baptist Church. He is also a professor of music and director of choral activities at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

Registration is required for this free program. Log onto or phone (847) 253-5675.

FAFSA workshop offered: All District 214 students and their parents are invited to a "FAFSA Completion Night" on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Wheeling High School located at Hintz and Elmhurst Roads in Wheeling.

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Financial Student Aid and it must be completed by all prospective college students who hope to qualify for financial aid.

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Representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission as well as local college and universities and the District 214 college counselors will be there to assist families in completing the web-based FAFSA forms.

Spaces are limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, phone Loretta Prindle at (847) 718-7046 or email her at

Affinity: Prospect High School's 31-member Orchesis dance group will present their annual show entitled "Affinity," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in the school's theater at 801 W. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect.

A wide variety of dance styles from ballet to tap, pointe to modern and jazz to hip hop will be presented through numbers that have been choreographed by both professionals and students.


Admission is $8 and all proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To reserve tickets, log onto and click on "performance tickets." They can also be purchased at the door.

Falconaires: If you enjoy the music of the Big Bands, you won't want to miss the Falconaires Orchestra in concert with guest vocalists "The Tenors 3" and Bob Duda at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights.

They will play the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton and Harry James.

The show is sponsored by District 214 Community Education. Tickets are $10 each unless you have a gold card and then they are $8. Tickets are available by phoning (847) 718-7702.

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