Chicago Voices Talk

A celebration of Chicago's storied vocal history and the pioneers who have contributed to Gospel, Classical and Hip-Hop musical genres. Ayana Contreras, WBEZ contributor and host of Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul, moderated the Chicago Voices TALK panel series which featured music experts and dynamic live performances. 

Each event included a panel discussion, performance interludes by Chicago artists, and a Q&A session. All panels took place at the Chicago History Museum.

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Mahalia Jackson

Gospel: Mahalia Jackson & the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with conversation about gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Attendees enjoyed live gospel performances from members of the renowned Trinity United Church of Christ choir. Panelists included Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago & the Birth of Gospel MusicJoy Bivins, CHM director of Curatorial Affairs; and Johari Jabir, associate professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Photograph from the Chicago History Museum collection

Mary Garden

Classical: Chicago Women in Opera

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Discovering and honoring the women who forged one of the most notable opera houses in the world. Attendees took a deep dive into the larger-than-life story of famed soprano diva Mary Garden, as well as trailblazers Carol Fox and Ardis Krainik and their lasting influence on opera in Chicago. Panelists included Lyric Opera's dramaturg Roger Pines. Attendees were treated with a live performance by a vocalist from Lyric’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.


Hip-Hop: How the City Inspires the Sound

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A close examination of Chicago’s impact on Hip-Hop and how the city affects today’s music. Hip-Hop artist and creator of Haven Studio, ADD-2, joined Amina Norman-Hawkins, performer and Hip-Hop activist and Andrew Barber, Editor of Fake Shore Drive  as featured panelists. Read more online

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