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Check here for media coverage as well as seasonal updates on events and activities as well as singer, staff, alumni and partner perspectives on our mission in action.

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IN THE NEWS
10/12/2018

The New York Times: “Review: In ‘Place,’ a Composer Questions His Comfort, and Power”

New York Times classical music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reviews CCC Alumnus and 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne’s world premiere of Place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2018 Next Wave Festival. Place includes performances by four members of the CCC family: President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee and alumni Sophia Byrd, Isaiah Robinson and Ayanna Woods.

“Josephine Lee brought a sensuous, bluesy tone to her numbers; Isaiah Robinson performed with church-burning intensity… it was impossible to ignore the presence of the real Mr. Hearne at his command post conducting the musicians, manipulating the sound and driving the pace of a social auto-da-fé of his own orchestration. His score is stylistically diverse, with a sophisticated weirdness to the color palette.”
— Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, Classical Music Critic, The New York Times

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PRESS RELEASE
9/13/2018

Chicago Children’s Choir President and Artistic Director, Josephine Lee, to Receive the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts Award for Arts Advocacy

Biannual award recognizes individuals who have dramatically affected the performing arts landscape through their arts advocacy.

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee will be presented the 2018 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Committee for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Award for Arts Advocacy at their annual meeting in Chicago. The award recognizes individuals who have dramatically affected the performing arts landscape through their arts advocacy efforts and passion for supporting the arts in schools, communities, and everyday lives. Josephine will accept the award this evening at the Chicago Yacht Club alongside a performance from CCC members.

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IN THE NEWS
9/8/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Review: ‘Stars of Lyric Opera’ a feast of song at Millennium Park”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich reviews Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park on Friday, September 7, a season preview performance featuring acclaimed Lyric star voices, the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and select Chicago Children’s Choir singers cast as the children’s chorus in La bohème.

“The Lyric Opera Chorus, under Michael Black, and Chicago Children’s Choir, an indispensable institution led by Josephine Lee, brought sonic depth and brightness, respectively, to a work we’ll encounter at the Civic Opera House starting Oct. 6.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
8/13/2018

People on the Move: David Koo, Chicago Children’s Choir

David Koo, Senior Partner at RoundTable Healthcare Partners, has been named Chairman of the Board after serving for more than six years. His leadership comes at a critical point for the organization as it closes Raising Voices, a major capital campaign to increase programming and opportunities for the nearly 5,000 singers across Chicago enrolled in its programs.

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PRESS RELEASE
8/7/2018

Chicago Children’s Choir Elects David Koo New Chairman of Board of Directors

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) today announced David Koo as the organization’s new Chairman of the Board. Koo previously served as Vice Chairman, and has been involved in the organization for over six years. Koo’s leadership comes at a critical point for the organization as it closes Raising Voices, a major capital campaign to increase programming and opportunities for the nearly 5,000 singers across Chicago enrolled in its program.

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Chicago Classical Review: “Alsop, Szot and colleagues make a theatrical happening out of Bernstein’s problematic ‘MASS'”

Chicago Classical Review recaps our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, highlighting a noteworthy performance by Vocality, a festival chorus led by CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee, and members of Chicago Children’s Choir.

“Stationed at the back of the stage, the chorus Vocality, directed by Josephine Lee, served up energized and powerful singing beyond their numbers. Likewise, the Chicago Children’s Choir, directed by Lee and Judy Hanson, provided comparably polished, bright-toned vocalism. Wyatt Parr and Myra Sahai sang sweetly as a convincingly efficient pair of altar children.”
–Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Ravinia review: Alsop conducts a Bernstein ‘Mass’ for our time”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Around the Town Chicago: “Leonard Bernstein: ‘Mass’ A Ravinia Special Evening”

Around the Town Chicago reviews our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

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IN THE NEWS
7/23/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Can Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ reach contemporary listeners?”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich previews the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Ravinia Festival on Saturday, July 28, featuring renowned conductor Marin Alsop, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and 150 Chicago Children’s Choir singers and alumni.

“Both Alsop and Kauffman were determined to present a fully staged production – rather than a concert reading – featuring the massive, combined forces of the Chicago Children’s Choir, Vocality, Highland Park High School Marching Band, and, notably, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
7/15/2018

Chicago Tribune: “CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop’s joyous ode to Bernstein and Beethoven”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich praised CCC Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir singer Wyatt Parr on his solo debut in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival on July, 14, 2018:

“Boy soprano Wyatt Parr personified innocence – as Bernstein intended – in the second movement, which opens with Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd”). To hear Parr’s dulcet, high-pitched tones accompanied by the meticulously balanced voices of the choir was to perceive Bernstein’s conception of peace and serenity.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
4/28/2018

FOX 12 Oregon: “Chicago Children’s Choir travels to Oregon using music to inspire bonds between kids”

FOX 12 Oregon Anchor Pete Ferryman visited CCC’s Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir Bridging America Tour musical exchange with Portland’s Gresham High School Concert Choir and Portland State University Chamber Choir to experience firsthand the unifying power of music.

“Chicago Children’s Choir arrived at Portland State University on a musical mission, traveling 1,700 miles to gather with local students they had never met. Within moments the geographical distances and cultural differences [were] silenced, replaced with harmony on multiple levels.”
— Pete Ferryman, Anchor, Fox 12 Oregon

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IN THE NEWS
3/15/2018

Chicago Women magazine: “20 Women In Chicago On Top Of Their Game”

Chicago Women magazine highlighted 20 women in Chicago raising the bar in their fields, including CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee.

“I’ve been with Chicago Children’s Choir for most of my career, starting as an In-School Conductor in 1999. The founding mission of the choir is so simple, but as relevant today as when it was founded during the height of the Civil Rights Movement: to bridge cultural divides between youth. I am most proud of the retention of this mission as we’ve grown. Today, Chicago Children’s Choir is one of Chicago’s Premiere cultural institutions—performing with world-class artists and traveling the world. But our central focus for our nearly 5,000 students now remains the same as it was when we were one choir in Hyde Park.”
— Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir

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IN THE NEWS
3/12/2018

WTTW: “From a Pop Music Odyssey to an Opera House Bernstein Tribute”

Chicago Sun-Times Theater and Dance Critic Hedy Weiss praised the world premiere of Long Way Home, CCC’s hip-hop spin on Homer’s Odyssey, written and directed by the Q Brothers Collective and produced by Josephine Lee and Chicago Children’s Choir:

“Chicago Children’s Choir can do anything and everything…In a work that is both clever and funny, these young artists are extraordinary on every count. And they are a testament to what can happen when the arts and education meet.”
— Hedy Weiss, Theater and Dance Critic, Chicago Sun-Times

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IN THE NEWS
3/6/2018

Chicago Sun-Times: “Long Way Home turns Homer’s Odyssey into homage to Chicago and its youth”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg explores the conception of CCC’s original hip-hop musical Long Way Home and the enduring significance of Homer’s Odyssey.

“My interest was piqued when I heard the Chicago Children’s Choir has turned The Odyssey into a hip-hop adventure called Long Way Home.”
— Neil Steinberg, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

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