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Indo-American Heritage Museum Celebrates Opening of Hall of Fame First Inductee Vijay Iyer



Indo-American Heritage Museum Celebrates Opening of Hall of Fame with Gala Concert by First Inductee 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer Chicago’s Indo-American Heritage Museum today announced a special Gala concert to raise funds for the museum which honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Americans of Asian Indian origin. The concert, to feature two noted jazz musicians, pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Fareed Haque, will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3pm at the stunning Mary Galvin Recital Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston.

Born and raised in New York, Iyer is the son of Indian Tamil immigrants. In 2013, he was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship often called the “genius” grant because it is awarded to individuals who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction"

Sharing the stage with Iyer is Chicago favorite Haque, a guitarist whose long stays in Europe, Asia and South America exposed him to world music from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque's music. “This concert is a historic event for the Indian American community of Chicago. IAHM is the first institution in the country to engage with all communities to promote understanding, document the history, celebrate the heritage, preserve and share the contributions of Indian Americans to the building of America. Through the creation of a Hall of Fame we will honor Indian Americans whose achievements are particularly noteworthy,” said event chair Amita Banerji. “We are especially honored that two noted jazz artists Vijay Iyer and Fareed Haque have accepted our invitation to perform this Gala concert which will inaugurate our newly announced Hall of Fame.”

Details of the concert are: Location: Mary Galvin Recital Hall Northwestern University 70 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208-2405 Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 708.658-4246.

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