Chicago Voices concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Chicago Voices Concert

Lyric Opera Creative Consultant Renée Fleming and Lyric Unlimited join forces to present Chicago Voices, a multi-year initiative celebrating Chicago’s vibrant, diverse vocal music culture.

A signature event of Chicago Voices is the Chicago Voices Concert, an extraordinary, cross-genre, multi-media event celebrating Chicago's rich and diverse vocal music legacy on February 4th at the Lyric Opera House.

A star-studded array of vocal talent with deep ties to Chicago will pay tribute to the city’s wide-reaching influence across genres including blues, jazz, rock, folk, hip-hop, gospel, and classical music.

The evening will feature performances and unique collaborations by artistic director Renée Fleming, Shemekia Copeland, Kurt Elling, Lupe Fiasco, The Handsome Family, Jessie Mueller, Matthew Polenzani, John Prine, and Michelle Williams. Six video screens throughout the opera house will be used for an up-close view of your favorite singers, plus video shorts that honor Chicago greats including Mahalia Jackson, Mary Garden, Howlin' Wolf, Curtis Mayfield, and more.

Music director for the concert is five-time Jeff award winner Doug Peck. Civil rights activist and founder of Operation PUSH Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will serve as a special guest presenter during the concert, along with Kate Flannery (NBC’s The Office), Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle and Flow, FOX'S Empire), and Jussie Smollett (FOX's Empire).

A unique, eclectic performance that is sure to be one of the highlights of Chicago’s cultural season, join us for Chicago Voices Concert, and celebrate the glory of the human voice in its many sounds and styles. Learn more about the year-long Chicago Voices initiative at chicagovoices.org.

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The Chicago Voices Concert was presented at Lyric on Saturday, February 4, 2017. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Meet The Artists

Renée Fleming

Shemekia Copeland

Kurt Elling

Lupe Fiasco

The Handsome Family

Jessie Mueller

Matthew Polenzani

John Prine

Michelle Williams

Doug Peck

Music Director

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Presenter

Kate Flannery

Presenter

Terrence Howard

Presenter

Jussie Smollett

Presenter

Chicago Voices Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

LIZ STIFFEL

Supporting Sponsor

J. THOMAS HURVIS

Lead Corporate Sponsor

Kirkland & Ellis Logo

Diamond Record Sponsors

THE JACOB AND ROSALINE COHN FOUNDATION

THE CROWN FAMILY

BRENT AND KATIE GLEDHILL

JOHN D. AND ALEXANDRA C. NICHOLS

MR. AND MRS. PATRICK G. RYAN

ITW Logo

KOHLER Logo

Platinum Record Sponsors

RITA & HERBERT Z. GOLD CHARITABLE TRUST

MR. AND MRS. J. CHRISTOPHER REYES

Fifth Third Bank Logo

Gold Record Sponsors

MR. AND MRS. MICHAEL P. COLE

HAL COON

EISEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

THE ELOISE SUSANNA GALE FOUNDATION IN HONOR OF RENÉE FLEMING

KAREN Z. GRAY-KREHBIEL AND JOHN H. KREHBIEL, JR.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM A. OSBORN
MATT AND CARRIE PARR
CARL AND MARILYNN THOMA
ROBERT L. TURNER IN HONOR OF RENÉE FLEMING
MAKE IT BETTER MEDIA

Additional Support

MARSHA CRUZAN AND TOM MCGINNIS

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES HUEBNER

ANNIE AND GREGORY K. JONES AND FAMILY

MR. AND MRS. LESTER KNIGHT III

LAVIN FAMILY FOUNDATION

MR. AND MRS. TODD D. MITCHELL

SYLVIA NEIL AND DANIEL FISCHEL
KENNETH R. NORGAN
SHARON AND LEE OBERLANDER

Photo: Cory Weaver