On Thursday, May 25, Uniting Voices (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) brought together all its separate choirs to perform their Paint the Town Red concert at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The concert is one of the organization’s largest performances of the year, consisting of over 3,000 students from their network of in-school programs and after-school programs across the city. Through these programs, Uniting Voices works with over 80 Chicago Public Schools.
"Paint the Town Red" is the signature event for Uniting Voices' efforts of bringing world-class musical education to children in the city at little to no cost.
Music with a message: That's what brought together thousands of children at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the annual "Paint the Town Red" concert Thursday.
Their harmony is all thanks to one organization in particular that's using music to change lives.
Millennium Park was a sea of red on Thursday, as this year's Uniting Voices "Paint the Town Red" event kicked off the park's summer concert series in a big way, with thousands of young people singing their hearts out downtown.
"You have to be the light. You have to be the light for yourself, and the choir is not just a choir, but we're movement, and were moving people through music," said Disney II Magnet School junior Isis Clark. "This is like my year, and so I'm very excited."READ MORE
“Paint the Town Red is a showcase of Chicago’s youth and what they can achieve when they come together,” said Josephine Lee, who heads up Uniting Voices and will be directing her troops on stage. “All year long we are raising global leaders through music, instilling in them a curiosity for the world and an appreciation for other cultures. Paint the Town Red is the culmination of that work with a celebration that shows the best side of our city’s youth.”
The temperatures have a lot of people thinking of summer. With all the events planned, you'll want to spend it at Millennium Park.
Below is the complete listing of events, dates, and times: Uniting Voices Chicago presents "Paint the Town Red," Thursday, May 25 at 11am.
Millennium Park will host free concerts, movie screenings, workouts and more this summer. The city’s events department released its summer lineup for the park Thursday. For more information on each event, go to the city’s website.
The lineup: Uniting Voices Chicago presents “Paint the Town Red” 11 a.m. May 25READ MORE
Uniting Voices Chicago was founded in 1956 as a direct response to the Civil Rights Movement. Originally named the Children’s Chorus of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, the youth choir program was formed to celebrate the racial and economic diversity of the city. During the 1950s, a significant number of Black people relocated to Chicago, causing the city’s Black population to grow from less than 10 percent to nearly 25 percent in less than a decade. This rapid influx of Black people strained racial tensions in the city, and it wasn’t long before Chicago became a major center for activism during the Civil Rights Movement.
Uniting Voices Chicago, formerly known as the Chicago Children’s Choir, is exploring the history of the African diaspora in their latest performance, NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter reports.
Lonnie Norwood, Director of Africana Studies and Conductor of Englewood Neighborhood Choir and Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir, joined The Creative Solutions podcast host Izolda Trakhtenberg to discuss how music teaches us history.READ MORE
Musicians from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras were featured in a newly-released video for the Chicago Bulls. Seven young musicians from CYSO, ranging from 9th-12th grade, joined musicians from Chicago’s Musical Arts Institute and singers from Uniting Voices Chicago. The group performed a spirited version of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” on the Bulls court. The performance was edited together with footage of Chicago Bulls players both on and off the court. The video will be played before Bulls home games throughout the month of February in honor of Black History month.READ MORE
Lonnie Norwood from Uniting Voices Chicago talks about their Black History Month concert series and the importance of highlighting the amazing contributions of Black people in the music sphere and beyond.