Chicago Children’s Choir will present its seventh annual World Music Festival concert at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Saturday March 14, at 3:30 p.m., joined by special guests, the Siberian Tuvan throat singing ensemble, ALASH. Select members of Chicago Children’s Choir’s 11 Neighborhood Choirs, joined by the DiMension ensemble for young men, and the Voice of Chicago premier performance ensemble, will present a showcase of international repertoire, including works from South Africa, Finland, Lithuania and more.
The joyous 120-minute, open-to-the-public concert culminates a daylong student workshop hosted by Chicago Children’s Choir for its young singers from around the city to meet, discover and collaborate on performance of international music styles.
“Our annual World Music Festival explores the rich and diverse musical traditions of various countries and cultures and is a key component in our curriculum to create global citizens through music,” said Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President and Artistic Director. “Our singers will have the opportunity to work directly with these talented Siberian vocalists, and to explore this unique vocal style.”
Based in Tuva, a Russian republic in southern Siberia, ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in ALASH’s music, but its overall sound and spirit remain decidedly Tuvan.
General admission tickets are $10 and available on-site 60 minutes before the concert starts. The Chicago Children’s Choir is committed to financial accessibility; audience members are also invited to pay what they can.
Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), led by Ms. Lee, is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music. CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. One distinguishing characteristic of the program is that High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields. Learn more at ccchoir.org.
Chicago Children's Choir to Present 7th Annual World Music Festival at UIC Forum
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Chicago Children's Choir (photo by Elliot Mandel).