And The Impact on American Music
By Megan McKinney
It was an evening of celebrating Chicago’s role in a wide range of American music, which includes the blues of Howling Wolf, Mahalia Jackson’s gospel music, the operatic voice of Mary Garden and memorable offerings of such local legends as Nat King Cole and Steve Goodman.
Gathered onstage at the Civic Opera during the three hour Chicago Voices Concert were, among others, current legends Renée Fleming, Shemekia Copeland, John Prine, Jessie Mueller, Kurt Elling, Matthew Polenzani and Michelle Williams.
It was a powerful centerpiece to an evening that began with a range of Chicago food and drink as varied as the music and continued with a lively after party.
Chicago Voices co-chairs Eric and Kim Smith and Nancy and Scott Santi.
Roger and Sandy Deromedi on the Red Carpet.
Brent and Katie Gledhill.
Alexandra and John Nichols flanking Tim Jessell and Renée Fleming.
Anthony Freud, Anne Reyes, Caryn and King Harris.
Lester and Renee Crown.
Carolyn Huebner and Judith Pierpont.
Christina and Rod Gidwitz.
Mimi and Todd Mitchell.
Alison McNally, Liz Ryan, Elizabeth Cole, Andrea Garber and Eileen Murphy.
Sponsors dining in the American Airlines boxes..
The After Party