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Paint the Town Red 2023


May 25, 2023


11:00 AM


Pritzker Pavillion

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Add to Calendar 5/25/2023 11:00 AM America/Chicago Paint the Town Red 2023 This cornerstone program brings all Uniting Voices Chicago singers together from every corner of Chicago to bring music back to the Pritzker Pavilion. Pritzker Pavillion


Paint the Town Red is one of Uniting Voices Chicago's most anticipated and largest events of the year, bringing together singers from every corner of Chicago and every level of our programs in song. Voice of Chicago, Dimension, all 12 Neighborhood Choirs and singers from our School Program will be performing, alongside guest artists The Filharmonic and Amaia Gabantxo.

We are committed to hosting inclusive, accessible events that enable every audience member to engage fully. Should you need an accommodation of any kind for any reason, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us at info [at] unitingvoiceschicago [dot] org.

Lead Sponsor

Richard L. Duchossois Memorial Foundation

Supporting Sponsors

Event Partner

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 all singers.

Your donation can go twice as far! All donations made in the month of May will be matched by generous donor advocate D. Elizabeth Price, up to $15,000.

PTTR giving day

Guest Artists

Learn more about the guest artists joining our singers for this transformative day of song!

The Filharmonic

The Filharmonic, a Los Angeles-based a cappella group of Filipino-Americans who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off, has much to sing about. After the show the five-piece vocal group kept the momentum rolling with countless national and international shows, they were featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2, and set off a viral sensation with their Late Late Show appearances. They consist of vocalists Vj Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz and Beat Boxer Niko Del Rey

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Amaia Gabantxo

Amaia Gabantxo is a multidisciplinary artist working in music and literature. She was born in a fishing village in the Basque Country into a musical family who were her first inspiration, and has lived in four different countries: Spain, Ireland, England and the United States. She has taught literature and creative writing in U.K. and U.S. universities—most recently at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute—and performed with flamenco troupes and classical ensembles everywhere she’s lived. ​

Now back in Europe, she creates soundscapes that combine traditional Basque song with field recordings of Basque landscapes, including sounds captured under water during her free diving film and sound collection immersions. In 2022, she co-founded the arts and culture non-profit KREATRIBÜ in Bermeo, her hometown.

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Paint the Town Red

Thursday, May 25, 11am

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park


People Get Ready

Curtis Mayfield; arr. W. Mitchell Owens III

Revelation 19

Jeffrey LaValley

I Love Everybody

American Civil Rights Freedom Song; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr.

March of the Toreadors (from Carmen)

Music by Georges Bizet; words by Ludovic Halévy & Henri Meilhac

Habanera (from Carmen)

Music by Georges Bizet; words by Ludovic Halévy & Henri Meilhac

Txoria Txori Txikia

Mikel Laboa & Benito Lertxundi; arr. Amaia Gabantxo & Kreatribu Association

Zizo Jik’ Iziko! (South African Freedom Medley): Thula M’twanam | Toyi-Toyi | Tshona Malanga

Traditional Xhosa Songs by Apartheid Protestors

We Win

Vincent Bohannan

Una Sangre

Paul Cohen, Lila Downs & Celso Duarte; arr. Julio Morales

Mientras Me Curo del Cora

Kevyn Cruz, Daniel Echavarria, Carolina Giraldo & Robert McFerrin, Jr.


Korean Folk Song; arr. Josephine Lee and SKIM


Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana; arr. Joe Caigoy

Ode to Hip Hop

Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears & Pharrell Williams; Hank Boxley, Keith Boxley, Carlton Ridenhour & Eric Sadler; Curtis Brown, Bernard Edwards, Henry Jackson, Guy O'Brien, Sylvia Robinson, Nile Rodgers & Michael Wright; Ronald Nathan Bell, Robert Bell, John Bowman, George Brown, Mark James, Mark Jones, Robert Mickens, Claydes Smith, Dennis Thomas & Allen Westfield; Kier "Kay Gee" Gist & Queen Latifah; Melvin Bradford, Shawn Carter, Scott Storch & Andre Young; Woody Cunningham, Norman Durham, Mikel Hooks, Ronald Hudson, Tupac Shakur, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman & Andre Young; Darrol Durant, Roger Munroe, James Seals & Trevor Smith Jr.; Melissa Elliott, Isaac Freeman & Ciara Harris.

Arr. Farlanda Buchannon & Bailey Haynes; choreography by Farlanda Buchannon


W. Mitchell Owens III