CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Children’s Choir ushered in a new season with soaring melodies and seamless harmonies.
But the concert at Navy Pier was also a celebration. The organization that brought music into the schools and lives of thousands of young people from every borough of Chicago.
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The group’s new name, Uniting Voices Chicago, is more than just a name. It is a reflection of the development of the group.
In more than 65 years, the non-profit program, actually a network of choirs, has developed into one of the most important cultural institutions and civic ambassadors of the city.
“We have thousands of children that we bring together from all walks of life and I think it’s so important that our name reflects what we do. It’s not just about uniting young people, it’s about uniting our community as a whole,” said Josephine Lee, President of Uniting Voices Chicago. “Our vision is to create a more harmonious world in a world that is still divided.”
What will not change, teachers and members said, is the commitment to education and broadening perspectives.
“In 10, 20, 50 years I might have forgotten music. But I will never forget the people who shaped me in this organization,” said Wren Pfetcher, member of Uniting Voices Chicago.
The organization, which has performed on five continents, was in Egypt over the summer. Hundreds of concerts are planned for the coming season, including collaborations with the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Opera Theater.
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