Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular with The Four Tops to Join Chicagoland Choirs, 12/23-1/5
Chicago Choirs get the chance of a lifetime when they perform along-side Original Supreme Mary Wilson during "Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular Featuring Special Guests The Four Tops" December 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014 at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St.). Seven Chicago choirs will perform throughout the limited engagement including Walt Whittman's Soul Children of Chicago, Shelly & Friends (members from Salem Baptist Church and Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park), Calvin Bridges & Friends, Central Missionary Baptist Church Inspirational Choir, Dr. Issac Whittmon & the Greater Metropolitan Church, Dr. AlfrEd Wheeler & Blessed Music Ministry and Ramon Perry & the Ministry and Praise Chorale. Tickets ($59.99 - $119.99) are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, HarrisTheaterChicago.org, by calling 312.334.7777 or at the Harris Theater Box Office. For more information visit marywilsonandthefourtops.com.
"It is my greatest joy to share music with others and by inviting some of Chicago's most celebrated choral groups to sing with me on stage, allows me the privilege to share that joy with them as well as the entire audience," said Mary Wilson. "I love finding and meeting new talent wherever I am, and to see the abundance of talent that is bursting out of Chicago is just tremendous. Audiences are truly in for a musical treat this holiday season."
Under the leadership of Musical Director Diane Louie, the chosen choirs will accompany Wilson and The Four Tops singing both holiday classics and Motown favorites including "My Favorite Things," "Joy to the World" and "Dancing in the Streets." Each choir, led by some of the greatest gospel leaders not only in Chicago but the country, aims to use music as a means of inspiration and joy and will share their passion throughout the entire holiday season. *For detailed information on each choir, visit http://tinyurl.com/MW4TopsChoirBios.
"Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular Featuring Special Guests The Four Tops:"
Monday, December 23, 2013 - Sunday, January 5, 2014
December 23 at 8:00 p.m. | Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago
December 25 at 8:00 p.m. | Dr. AlfrEd Wheeler & Blessed Music Ministry
December 26 at 8:00 p.m. | Shelly & Friends
December 27 at 8:00 p.m. | Central Missionary Baptists Church Inspirational Choir
December 28 at 3:00 p.m. | Calvin Bridges & Friends
December 28 at 8:00 p.m. | Ramon Perry & Ministry and Praise Chorale
December 29 at 8:00 p.m. | Central Missionary Baptist Church Inspirational Choir
December 31 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. | Dr. AlfrEd Wheeler & Blessed Music Ministry
January 2 at 8:00 p.m. | Dr. Issac Whittmon & Greater Metropolitan Church
January 3 at 8:00 p.m. | Dr. Issac Whittmon & Greater Metropolitan Church
January 4 at 3:00 p.m. | Ramon Perry & Ministry and Praise Chorale
January 4 at 8:00 p.m. | Dr. Issac Whittmon & Greater Metropolitan Church
January 5 at 8:00 p.m. | Dr. Issac Whittmon & Greater Metropolitan Church
Tickets ($59.99 - $119.99) are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling
312.334.7777 or in-person at the Harris Theater Box Office (205 E. Randolph St.). Discounted Group Ticket reservations are available for groups of 10 or more at Grouptix.net or by calling 773-327-3778.
About "Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular Featuring Special Guests The Four Tops": "Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular" takes audiences on a journey through some of the greatest Motown hits as well as Holiday classics. Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame recipient Mary Wilson will treat audiences to rousing renditions of some of the signature songs that catapulted The Supremes to become the most successful "girl group" in history. Favorites include "Stop In The Name of Love," "I Hear a Symphony," "Come See About Me," "Can't Hurry Love," "Back In Your Arms Again," Someday We'll Be Together" and many more. Abdul "Duke" Fakir, leading The Four Tops, celebrating 60 years of performing will also bring the music of Motown to life with "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Bernadette" and "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got" and "In The Still of the Night." Wilson and The Four Tops will then join together on stage, putting the Motown sound into everyone's favorite holiday classics including "White Christmas," "Silent Night," "Winter Wonderland," "My Favorite Things" and a special rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" sung by Wilson and Fakir. These living legends bring their soul and passion to the stage, embracing the warmth of the season and welcoming in a new year with memorable songs that are sure to have audiences singing along and embracing the spirit and the sounds of holiday.
About Mary Wilson: One of the founding members of the most successful girl groups in history, Mary Wilson, still performs with the same passion as she did at the height of The Supremes and Motown's popularity. Having begun her career singing as a teenager in Detroit's Brewster-Douglass Projects she befriended another songstress by the name of Florence Ballard. Joining together with Diana Ross and Betty McGlown, the "Primettes" quickly became a threesome and changed their name to The Supremes when they signed with Berry Gordy of Motown Records in 1961.
From 1961 to 1963, The Supremes recorded many songs and released eight singles but it was not until1963 when the song "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes," written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, peaked at number 23 on the Billboard pop chart. The next year, The Supremes released the single "Where Did Our Love Go," which reached number one on the U.S. pop charts in August 1964 and number three in the United Kingdom. After that hit, The Supremes released four more number one hits, including: "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "Stop In the Name of Love," and "Back in My Arms Again," making them the only group to have five consecutive number one hits. The Supremes were one of the first pop groups of the 1960's to do commercial endorsements and also made one of the first TV Special appearances by any Pop stars. Ballard's departure from the group in 1967 and Ross's in 1970 left Wilson as the only original member of The Supremes. She continued performing with the "New" Supremes until 1977 when she embarked on her own solo career and toured Europe and Asia while raising three new babies. She has gone on to record two solo albums, including her self-titled debut in 1979 with the single "Red Hot," and her 1990 release "Walk the Line." She is currently recording another album due for release in 2013 while helping to raise four of her eight grandchildren.
Wilson is also a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, the recipient of an Associate Degree from New York University in 2001, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. In 2007, Wilson was named international spokeswoman for the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a platform she uses to condemn the death and destruction caused by hidden landmines and unexploded ordnances in less developed countries.
About The Four Tops: Celebrating 60 years of performing in 2013, The Four Tops have been captivating audiences with their infectious blend of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies since 1954. High School friends from Detroit's North End, Levi Stubbs, Renaldo "Obi" Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Lawrence Payton starting playing parties as the Four Aims, later changing their name to The Four Tops. After a brief stint with Chess Records in the late 50's and Columbia Records in the early 60's, the group was introduced to Berry Gordy, who signed them to his new label, Motown Records. At Motown, the group was teamed with the songwriting powerhouse of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Hit after hit followed, starting in 1964 with "Baby I Need Your Loving", and continuing with songs like, "Reach Out", "I'll Be There", "Standing In The Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." In 1972, after Motown moved to Los Angles, The Four Tops signed with ABC/Dunhill Records. The group's hits kept on with "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)" and "Keeper of the Castle." In the early 80's, The Four Tops signed with Neil Bogart and Casablanca Records. Two albums on the label produced the hits, "When She Was My Girl", "Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over", and "I Believe In You and Me". To this day, they have raised money all over the globe with their charity work, never forgetting where they came from. The music legends were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and have managed to stay together longer than any other singing group in history. As members change the group continued to regal audiences with some of the most loved songs ever sung.
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