2017 MLK Chicago Sinfonietta - 1/16/17 Photo by Chris Ocken Copyright 2017 - http://www.ockenphoto.com/

The Chicago Sinfonietta hosted a stellar MLK concert preceded by a diversity networking reception at the Chicago Symphony Center. The diversity reception featured a number of highlights, including a keynote address from Dr. Walter E. Massey, an incredible performance from Chicago Youth Poet Laureate E’mon Lauren, and some insightful words on the importance of culture and diversity from AON’s Terrie-Lynne Devonish and Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Maurice White.

The concert highlights included the always brilliant Mei-Ann Chen conducting the Sinfonietta, alongside Project Inclusion conducting Freeman Fellow and assistant conductor for Chicago Sinfonietta, Kalena Bovell. The Chicago Sinfonietta’s Freeman Fellow program supports aspiring musicians and conductors as they pursue careers in the otherwise complicated world of classical music.

Below is a photo gallery of the all-star cast of characters that rounded out a magnificent MLK program.

Chicago Sinfonietta

Maurice Smith (President, BCBSIL), Dana Holmes, (BCBSIL), Terrance Pratt, (Brand Strategist at Rolling Out)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Nichole Barnes Marshall (Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Aon), Roger Crockett (R.O. Crockett Leadership Advisory), Jim Hirsch (CEO, Chicago Sinfonietta), Sam Pambah (KPMG)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Linda Boasmond (Cedar Concepts), Maestro Mei-Ann Chen (Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta), LaVar Wagner (Vista Equities)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Speaker: Terrie-Lynne Devonish (‎Chief Compliance Officer, North America at Aon Corporation), also pictured: Scott Hoesman (CEO and Founder, inQUEST Consulting), Art Norman (NBC5 anchor), Maurice Smith (President, BCBSIL)

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Andrea Zopp (Deputy Mayor of Chicago)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Dr. Walter E. Massey (Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Maurice Smith (President, BCBSIL), Roger Crockett (R.O. Crockett Leadership Advisory), Dr. Walter E. Massey (Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Scott Hoesman (CEO and Founder, inQUEST Consulting), Jim Hirsch (CEO, Chicago Sinfonietta)

Chicago Sinfonietta

Art Norman (NBC5 anchor)

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E'mon Lauren, Chicago Youth Poet Laureate

Chicago Sinfonietta

Kalena Bovell, Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellow and Assistant Conductor for Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta

2017 MLK Chicago Sinfonietta - 1/16/17 Photo by Chris Ocken Copyright 2017 - http://www.ockenphoto.com/

Chicago Sinfonietta

2017 MLK Chicago Sinfonietta - 1/16/17 Photo by Chris Ocken Copyright 2017 - http://www.ockenphoto.com/

Terrance Pratt

Brand Strategist and arts evangelist. Catch me on IG @tpratt111