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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Chicago Voices

Airs Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at 10 p.m. on KPBS 2

Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett perform in GREAT PERFORMANCES

Credit: Courtesy of Paul Natkin

Above: Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett perform in GREAT PERFORMANCES "Chicago Voices."

World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming hosts an all-star evening from Lyric Opera of Chicago

A star-studded array of vocal talent with deep ties to Chicago gathers on stage at Lyric Opera to pay tribute to the city’s wide-reaching influence across blues, jazz, rock, folk, hip-hop, gospel, opera and classical music in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Chicago Voices,” premiering nationwide Friday, August 10 on PBS.

Chicago Voices: Trailer

Celebrate Chicago’s vibrant music culture with performances by Renée Fleming, Broadway’s Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams and more.

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.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Paul Natkin

Lupe Fiasco perform in GREAT PERFORMANCES "Chicago Voices."

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.

"Sweet Home Chicago"

In the lively finale of "Chicago Voices," the cast of performers, including Jessie Mueller, Kurt Elling, Michelle Williams, Matthew Polenzani, Renee Fleming and Shemekia Copeland, join together to sing a windy city favorite.

Songs featured include:

  • “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

Photo credit: Courtesy of Paul Natkin

The Handsome Family performs in GREAT PERFORMANCES "Chicago Voices."

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CREDITS:

GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. A production of HMS Media for Lyric Opera of Chicago, “Chicago Voices” was directed for television by Matt Hoffman and produced by Scott Silberstein. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

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