“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.
The opera’s exquisite overture was exceptionally alluring, as was the later arrival of a spirit-raising group of children with heavenly voices who are part of Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly called the Chicago Children’s Choir), led by its outstanding chorus master, Josephine Lee.
Also meriting mention is the return of Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir), which offers a moving song of thanks after children turned into gingerbread come back to life following the witch’s demise.READ MORE
Several groups performed at the ceremony including the Southern Illinois Children's Reunion Choir, the Illinois Air National Guard Band of the Midwest and Uniting Voices Chicago.
In the latest episode, we talk with an iconic Chicago-based children's choir that was created in a direct response to the civil rights movements to bring people of all background together.