Chicago IL • 8.19.20

Songs of Hope & Struggle virtual concert August 19

CHICAGO IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, in cooperation with the CiffDwellers Club, presents a virtual concert, “Songs of Hope and Struggle,” on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00 pm central time.

Mark Dvorak, “Chicago’s official troubadour” from the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music, will perform the timeless songs of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and others that speak of hope, freedom, peace and justice. CliffDweller member Eve Moran (CD10) will talk on the struggle for the women’s suffrage and its aftermath. A special performance by critically acclaimed soprano Kimberly E. Jones will inspire and lift up our human spirit.

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“Mark is a Midwest folk treasure,” said Stephanie Schrodt, co-director of Music & Potlucks. “It seems he’s been on the road a lot of years and he’s been a steady partner in our initiative. 

Proceeds from the concert will support Beyond Hunger, formerly The Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, located in Oak Park, Illinois.

“At this stage of the game, I feel like I’m doing my best work.”” said Dvorak, who released his eighteenth album, Let Love Go On earlier this year.

Let Love Go On  represents a creative milestone. He produced, engineered, mix and mastered the entire project. Further, he wrote seven of the songs, played all of the instruments and sang all the parts.

The Chicago Tribune has called him “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 Rich Warren, long time host of The Midnight Special radio program named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.” Learn more at


Soprano Kimberly E. Jones is an alum from the Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center. With Lyric she performed roles such as Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Adele in Die Fledermaus, she was Clara in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess as well as many others roles.

Ms. Jones currently is on voice staff at Merit School of Music, DePaul University and Sherwood School of Music. 

The Cliff Dwellers is a private non-profit club founded in 1907 to bring artists, educators, and the business community together to promote the arts. Located in the 22nd floor penthouse of the building at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. Its lakefront facilities overlook Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Tickets are required and are just $10. The program will be presented on ZOOM, and sign-in information will be emailed to ticket holders the day of the event. Be sure to provide a valid email address with your ticket order. 

Members of The CliffDwellers should email their ticket request to

Non-members can purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets

For more information on the Cliff Dwellers, visit For more information on Music & Potlucks, go to

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