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6th Annual Baha'i Choral Festival Concerts – 9:30am and 12:30pm

Third Annual Choral Festival singers pose outside the Baha'i House of Worship after a performance.

Third Annual Choral Festival singers pose outside the Baha'i House of Worship after a performance.

More than 200 talented voices from nine nations will sing beautiful sacred music at the 2012 Baha’i Choral Festival with two free public concerts on Sunday May 27th at Wilmette’s renowned Baha’i Temple. Rich harmonies and uplifting music will fill the 1,200-seat Baha’i House of Worship beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that Sunday.

The concerts are dedicated this year to the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Temple’s cornerstone on May 1, 1912 by Abdu’l-Baha, son of the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

The annual Baha’i Choral Festival, a very popular North Shore institution, builds on tremendously successful prior events. 200 singers will assemble for three days of rehearsals, workshops and performances. Sunday performances are a cappella (without instruments) and include classical liturgical music of the Baha’i Faith and other religions, as well as gospel music and other multicultural selections.

Baha’i Choral Festival Director Van Gilmer is the Baha’i Temple's director of music and internationally known performer, choir director, composer and writer/winner of the Best Gospel Song at the Independent Music Awards. Gilmer revels in assembling choirs to sing scripture of the world’s religions celebrating God and inspiring audiences with rich, heavenly harmonies that reach the heart and soul.

Performances will be held at the architecturally stunning Baha’i Temple at Sheridan Road and Linden Avenue in Wilmette. The gleaming white lace-like building is surrounded by gardens, pools and Lake Michigan panoramas. This beautiful national landmark unifies and depicts all major world religions and ranks among the Seven Wonders of Illinois. Guests can tour the Baha’i Welcome Center and Bookstore on the Temple’s lower level and see the beautiful and recently-restored gardens.

Both Sunday May 27th choral concerts are free and open to the public. There’s free parking on side streets – and via free shuttle bus service from Baker Demonstration School and from Northwestern University Ryan Field west parking lot (north entrance). There’s paid parking at the CTA lot at 4th and Linden (the last stop on the CTA Purple Line) with free shuttle bus service.

Contact: Carlos Serrano, Assistant to the Choir Director, 847-853-2337,

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