Chicago Voices Concert

February 04. 2017

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February 04. 2017

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

  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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Chicago Voices Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

Liz Stiffel

Supporting Sponsor

J. Thomas Hurvis

Lead Corporate Sponsor

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

Platinum Record Sponsors

Rita & Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Trust

Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes

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 Marilyn 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

Cherryl T. Thomas

Photo: Cory Weaver