The Chicago Children’s Choir greet visitors with songs of resistance and resilience as part of an opening celebration for the weekend. They are joined by MCA founders and civic leaders.
About the Artist
Founded by Reverend Christopher Moore as a single choir in Hyde Park at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) today serves 4,600 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. Moore believed in uniting youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music.
As a national and international touring ensemble, CCC has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan, and Europe, and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.
CCC has performed with or for such acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Al Green, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Celine Dion, Eddie Vedder, and Beyoncé. Most recently, CCC performed with Chance the Rapper and sang on his Grammy Award–winning mixtape, Coloring Book. Chicago Children’s Choir has five studio recordings: We All Live Here (2016), Holiday Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).