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Acclaimed jazz pianist and MacArthur Fellowship awardee Vijay Iyer will be performing in Chicago at a special gala concert Sept. 18 to benefit the Indo-American Heritage Museum. The Indian American musician is seen here performing at 'A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets' May 1, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Acclaimed jazz pianist and MacArthur Fellowship awardee Vijay Iyer will perform with guitarist Fareed Haque at a special gala concert Sept. 18 in Chicago to raise funds for the city’s Indo-American Heritage Museum. The Chicago, Illinois-based museum honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Indian Americans. The event will also mark the opening of the museum’s Hall of Fame, and Iyer is the first inductee into the museum’s Hall of Fame.

“This concert is a historic event for the Indian American community of Chicago,” event chair Amita Banerji said in a statement. “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.”

Born and raised in New York, Iyer is the son of Tamil immigrants from India. In 2013, he received a MacArthur Fellowship, which is granted to individuals with “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

The gala will be held Sept. 18 in the Mary Galvin Recital Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston. Tickets for the event range from $45-100 and include general admission, preferred seating and balcony seating options. For tickets contact: 708-658-4246.

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