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New Great Performances Special Celebrates Chicago’s Diverse Musical Heritage

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From blues to jazz, rock to folk, hip-hop to gospel, and opera to classical, great musicians from all walks of life call Chicago home. Now Great Performances is bringing some of the best together for a new special – Chicago Voices – which airs Friday, August 10, at 10pm on CET and at 11pm on ThinKTV16. There’s also an encore on Sunday, August 12, at 9pm on CET Arts.

Hosted by four-time Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming, the multi-genre concert special features performances by Fleming, Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, three-time Grammy-winning folk legend John Prine, Grammy-winning pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling and many more in a celebration of Chicago’s rich and diverse vocal music legacy.

Led by award-winning music director Doug Peck, the concert features additional performances and unique collaborations by Beverly Sills Award-winning tenor Matthew Polenzani, blues singer Shemekia Copeland, alternative country duo The Handsome Family, Voices of Trinity Mass Choir, Terrence Howard (Empire, Hustle & Flow) and Jussie Smollett (Empire). Civil rights activist and founder of Operation PUSH Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., serves as special guest presenter during the concert.

Here’s what songs are featured:

“The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)” – Shemekia Copeland

“Summertime” – Renée Fleming

“On Broadway/ So Far Away” – Jessie Mueller & Kurt Elling

“Wang-Dang Doodle” – Shemekia Copeland & Michelle Williams

“Be My Love” – Matthew Polenzani

“Far From Any Road” – The Handsome Family

“Kick, Push” – Lupe Fiasco

“She Used To Be Mine” – Jessie Mueller

“The Jet Set” – Renée Fleming & John Prine

“A Change is Gonna Come” – Terrence Howard & Jussie Smollett

“Coming Together” – Cast

“Sweet Home Chicago” – Cast