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Chicago Voices TALK

Celebrate 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, will moderate this panel series that features music experts and dynamic live performances at the Chicago History Museum.

Each event includes a panel discussion, performance interludes by Chicago artists, and a Q&A session. All panels will take place at the Chicago History Museum located at       1601 N. Clark St, Chicago Il.

$10 general public, Attend all three panels for $25

$5 CHM members/students, Attend all three panels for $15

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Mahalia Jackson

Gospel: Mahalia Jackson & the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, January 15, 5:00 P.M.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a conversation about gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Enjoy live gospel performances from members of the renowned Trinity United Church of Christ choir. Panelists include 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, 7:00 P.M.

Discover the women who forged one of the most notable opera houses in the world. Take 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 include Lyric Opera's dramaturg Roger Pines. Savor 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, 7:00 P.M.

Examine Chicago’s impact on Hip-Hop and how the city affects today’s music. Hip-Hop artist and creator of Haven Studio, ADD-2, will join 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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