New Great Performances Special Celebrates Chicago’s Diverse Musical Heritage
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