Chicago Voices Concert

On February 4, 2017, soprano, Renée Fleming, Chicago Voices Creative Director, along with Broadway star Jessie Mueller, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams, world-renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani, blues Queen Shemekia Copeland, indie-rock duo The Handsome Family, folk legend John Prine, rap artist Lupe Fiasco and the Voices of Trinity Mass Choir, backed by a band and led by Music Director Doug Peck performed together for an unforgettable tribute to and celebration of legendary Chicago vocalists.

Presenters included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., TV's Empire stars, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett, and Kate Flannery, of TV's The Office. The Chicago Voices Concert offered a taste of the vast cultural riches of this great city and paid homage to the powerful Chicago voices of the past, present and future  - all while shaking the walls of Lyric's Civic Opera House. This amazing concert will receive an encore TV broadcast on March 30th at 9PM (CST) via WTTW - Chicago PBS.

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Chicago Voices Concert Honorary Advisors

Thank You to our Chicago Voices Concert Advisors 

  • Herbie Hancock

  • Jane Lynch

  • John Prine

  • Kurt Elling

  • Louis Carr/BET

  • Matthew Polenzani

  • Shemekia Copeland

Chicago Voices Concert Sponsors

Lead Sponsor


  • Liz Stiffel

Supporting Sponsor


  • J. Thomas Hurvis

Lead Corporate Sponsor

Diamond Record Sponsors


  • The Crown Family

  • Brent and Katie Gledhill

  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Ryan

  • John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols

Platinum Record Sponsors


  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes

  • Rita & Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Trust

Gold Record Sponsors


  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole

  • Hal Coon

  • The Eisen Family Foundation

  • Carl and Marilynn Thoma

Additional Support From


  • The Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Foundation

  • The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation in honor of Renée Fleming

  • Robert L. Turner in honor of Renée Fleming

  • The Lavin Family Foundation

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