Sing Your Story

Sing Your Story

This exhibit featuring the work of Chicago photographer Jaclyn Simpson celebrates Community Created Performances, which are original music theater works created and performed by community groups using a core element of opera: storytelling through song. Harmony, Hope & Healing, Tellin’ Tales Theatre, and the Kirin-Gornick Band were selected from participating groups throughout Chicago to create and develop these original works driven by their experiences. The three selected groups are supported by Lyric Opera professional artists and staff.

Community Created Performances is a program of Chicago Voices, a ground-breaking new Lyric Unlimited initiative celebrating the stories of Chicago’s communities and the diversity of the city’s vocal traditions. Through Chicago Voices, Lyric expands the traditional role of an opera company within the cultural ecosystem of its city, engaging audiences through participatory arts experiences and dynamic cross-genre programming including:

  • Chicago Voices Gala Concert, a one night only, multi-genre concert at the Civic Opera House on February 4, 2017 featuring top vocalists with deep ties to Chicago.
  • Expert Panels and Master Classes, offered in partnership with Columbia College Chicago.
  • Chicago Voices Fest, a dynamic series of events spanning several months, providing innovative ways for all Chicago residents to take part in Chicago Voices.

Be among the first to visit this season's Opera Club exhibit, Sing Your Story, on the lower level of the opera house.



Chicago Voices is made possible by major support from J. Thomas Hurvis and Parent Power Chicago, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. This project is partially supported by The Chicago Community Trust, an IncentOvate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Eisen Family Foundation. Chicago Voices Fest is made possible by support from J. Thomas HurvisParent Power Chicago, and Bank of America.

 Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.

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