This seasonal showcase will bring to life the diverse sounds of Chicago's historic Englewood neighborhood through a concert featuring original music, exciting choreography and multimedia presentations.
Tickets are $10* per person, available for purchase at the concert. All seating is general admission.
*Uniting Voices Chicago has a pay-what-you-can policy, allowing guests to pay as much or as little as they like per ticket, including requesting free tickets if desired*
Uniting Voices Chicago strives to make music and performance accessible to anyone who wants it. Assistive listening devices are available at the ticketing desk. All public performance areas at Logan Center are equipped to accommodate wheelchair users. To request accommodations, please email info [at] unitingvoiceschicago [dot] org.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Englewood Neighborhood Choir Community Concert
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Lonnie Norwood, Jr., Englewood Neighborhood Choir
Judy Hanson, Dimension
Dewey Bolz, Associate Conductor, Dimension & King School Choir
Elisabeth Baker, Sherwood School Choir
Farlanda Buchannon, Kershaw School Choir
George Cooper, Miles Davis & Parker School Choirs
Bailey Haynes, Barbara A. Sizemore School Choir
About Uniting Voices Chicago
Founded in 1956 at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity through the power of music. As a leading non-profit organization, we serve thousands of youth ages 6-18 from every zip code of Chicago through transformative and accessible music education programs and performance opportunities.
After the Show
Paint The Town Red
11am | Pritzker Pavillion
Join us downtown for our largest and most-anticipated event of the year! Singers from all levels of our programs will come together in song alongside dazzling special guests to celebrate the power of music and everything they’ve learned in our programs over the past year.
Paint The Town Red Giving Day
Support this transformative day that brings together the next generation of global leaders in Chicago! Join in the spirit of togetherness as young people from every corner of Chicago harmonize in the heart of the city with a donation to keep these programs accessible to
ENGLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD CHOIR
Translation: Shake it, brown girl, shake it,
Shake it, brown girl, hey!
Where's (meaning, show us) that flashy (wild, exciting, WOW!) rhythm of the merecumbe (a popular dance).
One small step forward
And another small step, step back.
Going round in a circle
Who will be the next?
Instrumentation: piano, bass, drum set, Djembe, shakers
Ariwo (Song to Ògún)
Ella Andall; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr.
emi a la ma (I will thrive/be successful)
kum pe le ku. (I will be fruitful/become exceeding)
Trad. Korean folk song; arr. Josephine Lee & SKIM
Two Itallian Art Songs
Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi; arr. Matthew Michaels
I. Poi che’el mio foco e spento
Translation: Since now my anger’s burned out I’ll live
with joy, contentment.
And with laughing and dreaming and
dancing I’ll sing joyfully.
Since chained I’ve gained new freedom
I have my heart, abounding.
I’ll embrace happiness, jubilation not boredom
only great bliss.
II. Sonatemi un balletto
Translation: Play a dance for me,
I want to dance with my love!
As I have great pleasure
In dancing, I’m telling the truth,
Come on, what are you doing?
Dan Smith; arr. Jacob Narverud; choreography by Judy Hanson
Turning Red Medley
featuring Nobody Like You and You Know What’s Up Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell; arr. W. Mitchell Owens III; choreography by Farlanda Buchannon
W. Mitchell Owens III
Exavier Pope, II
ENGLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD CHOIR
Barbara A. Sizemore Academy
Miles Davis Magnet Academy
Joshua D. Kershaw Magnet School
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice
Parker Community Academy
Jesse Sherwood Elementary School
John Goodwin (Piano)
Marquis Carter (Drums)
Kellen Boersma (Guitar)
Tim Seisser (Bass)
SPECIAL THANKSThis project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.