The February 2017 Chicago Voices gala, which was held at Chicago Lyric Opera’s Civic Opera House to celebrate the Windy City's diverse musical heritage, is broadcast on PBS August 10 at 10 PM ET; check local listings.
The Great Performances presentation is hosted by Grammy winner Renée Fleming, a 2018 Tony nominee for her performance in Carousel. Fleming, who solos on “Summertime” during the event, is joined by her Carousel co-star, Jessie Mueller, who performs Waitress’ “She Used to Be Mine.”
The Chicago Voices broadcast also features Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, three-time Grammy-winning folk legend John Prine, Grammy winner and Broadway alum Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling, 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), and Jussie Smollett (Empire).
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. serves as special guest presenter during the concert. The evening is led by award-winning music director Doug Peck.
The set list for the broadcast follows:
“The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)” – Shemekia Copeland
“Summertime” – Renée Fleming
“On Broadway/ So Far Away” – Jessie Mueller and Kurt Elling
“Wang-Dang Doodle” – Shemekia Copeland and 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 and John Prine
“A Change is Gonna Come” – Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett
“Coming Together” – Cast
“Sweet Home Chicago” – Cast