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Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children's Choir


In 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, the late Christopher Moore founded the multiracial, multicultural Chicago Children's Choir at Hyde Park's First Unitarian Church. He believed that youth from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other-and themselves-by learning to make beautiful music together. Today's Choir is fully independent and serves all of Chicago from its home in the Chicago Cultural Center. Christopher Moore's vision of a choir combining high artistic standards with a social purpose continues to define the Choir's mission. The Choir currently serves more than 2,800 children, ages 8-18 through choirs in 45 schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Under Artistic Director Josephine Lee, the Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, most recently on NBC's Today show and the 2007 PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.


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Chicago Children's Choir : Songs on the Road to Freedom : 1 CD : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Songs on the Road to Freedom

Review: Chicago Children's Choir honors their roots in the Civil Rights Movement with a new recording, Songs on the Road to Freedom. Much of the music comes directly from the movement while other songs are written recently, including "We Need A Word" composed by a 16-year-old member of Chicago Children's Choir. Also featured is the anti-apartheid music of South Africa, where people similarly struggled for freedom and justice.

Songlist: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round, MLK, The Battle of Jericho, Precious Lord, Birmingham Sunday, Murder on the Road In Alabama, Run Children Run, Freedom Train, When Love Wins The Day, Strange Fruit , Ballad of Harry T. Moore, We Need A Word, Nkosi Somandla, Ilndonga Zajericho, Shosholoza, A Prayin' Spirit, We Shall Overcome, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round (Reprise)

9060c | 1 CD | $16.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : 40 Years Of Harmony : 1 CD : 

Chicago Children's Choir : 40 Years Of Harmony

Review: Christopher Moore founded the Chicago Children's Choir in 1956, and this CD is a compilation of the best of their recordings over their 40-year history. There are 27 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals like "Behold That Star," and "Mamelani," a traditional Zulu song, to Haydn's "Magnificat," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus" and "Mi Go Zatvorile," a Macedonian song. The material is all over the globe, but the quality and enthusiasm of the various incarnations of the CCC remain high thoughout.

Songlist: Now Let Us Sing, Sound the Trumpet, Cantate Domino, Magnificat, On Saint's Day in Chigisakh, Froschquartett, Yo las noches, Prende la vela, Marching to Pretoria, Liyashizwa, Mamelani, Mi Go Zatvorile, Niska Banja, Behold that Star, Mary Had a Baby, Mi Y'Malel, Sh'ma Koleynu, Atsay Zaytim, Sanctus Canon, Sanctus (from Requiem), Sanctus (from Mass), Sanctus (from Missa Luba), Great Day, I've Been 'Buked, Soon Ah Will Be Done

6614c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Do You Hear The People Sing? : 1 CD : William Chin : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Do You Hear The People Sing?

Review: "Do You Hear The People Sing" was recorded at the CCC's four and a half week tour of South Africa in the summer of 1996. The 44 choir members, of many races, perform spirituals, gospel songs, African, Columbian and Korean songs, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, and a medley of West Side Story tunes. The excitement of these live performances shines through, as does the spirit and talent of these young voices.

Songlist: Deo Dicamus Gratias, Bells, Wanting Memories, Mamelani, Unonkal, Nodle Kangbyon, Prende la Vela, Plink, Plank, Plunk, Stomp Your Foot, Summertime, West Side Story Medley, Do You Hear the People Sing?, Elijah Rock, He Never Failed Me Yet, When the Saints Go Marching In

6613c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Primarily a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Live From Vienna : 1 CD : Josephine Lee : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Live From Vienna

Review: The multiracial and multicultural Chicago Children's Choir has been changing the lives of children through musical excellence since 1956, and this is a live CD from the World Choral Festivals Vienna 2001. There are 12 songs here, ranging from traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, "Great Day," "Battle of Jericho" and "My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord," and South African folk songs "Njenge Bhadhi" and "Ke Nali Moona" to Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing" and Tobias Fox's "Shabach." All songs are accompanied, mostly by piano and drums. A great performance by an exceptional choir!

Songlist: Trosterin Musik, Salmo 150, Great Day, Battle of Jericho, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Las Amarillas, Njenge Bhadi, Ke Nali Moona, One World, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), The Gods Love Nubia, Shabach

6736c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Accompanied Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Open Up Your Heart : 1 CD : Josephine Lee : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Open Up Your Heart

Review: "Open Up Your Heart" begins with a South African song of welcome, "Vela Vela," "Shosholoza" and "Iindonga Zajericho" were taught to the Choir while in South Africa in 1996. "Toyi Toyi and Ke Nale Monna" were brought back from South Africa by group member Mollie Stone and have become part of the Choir's core repertoire. "Prelude" and "Hanuman's Heart," composed by Jai Uttal as part of the musical "Sita Ram" he was commissioned to write for the CCC, is based on the timeless Indian epic, the Ramayana. "Tatkovina" (Macedonian) and Svadba (Bulgarian) and world folksongs. Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "I Need You to Survive" underline a fundamental element of the Choir's mission: not only do we need to love and respect each other, we are also responsible for what happens to every person in the world. Renowned Artistic Director Josephine Lee directs the award-winning 3 part (Chamber, Men's Chorus and Treble) CCC in this powerful, impressive collection. Some light drums and accompaniment, orchestral on "Hanuman's Heart" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." We really like this choir, and enjoyed every cut on "Open Up Your Heart!"

Songlist: Veia Veia, I Need You To Survive, Prelude, Hanuman's Heart, The Pasture, Tatkovina, Ke Nale Monna, Svadba, Iindonga Zajericho, Shocholoza, Bridge Over Troubled Water

7806c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Sita Ram : 1 CD : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Sita Ram

Review: Based On The Ancient Eastern Epic, Ramayana, The Chicago CHildren's Choir commissioned Sita Ram in 2002 through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. An original world musical Sita Ram details the the powerful love that is created when the two elements Sita and Rama come together. And the peace that is possible through love.

Songlist: The Reign Of avana (Ravana and The She Demons), The Gods Have A Plan (Rishis, The God's Rama, Chorus), Rama Meets Sita (Rama, Sita), Shiva's Bow (Janaka Rama Sita The Gods Chorus), Surpanaka's Tango (Surpanka's She Demons), Let Me Be Sky (Rama Sita The Gods), Be With You (Rama), Funkey Monkey (Monkey #1), Yemanja (Hanuman), Let Me Burn (Rama Sita), Prelude (Hanumen), Hanuman's Heart

8331c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Songs of the Human Spirit : 1 CD : Josephine Lee / Judy Hanson : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Songs of the Human Spirit

Review: Exuberant singing comes from the Chicago Children's Choir on songs of the human spirit. This live recording features Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with piano accompaniment by Russell Stern. A cappella songs include a very spirited arrangement by Moses Hogan of The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, a South African Xhosa song and Svadba, a Bulgarian Wedding song featuring the treble voices. The tenors and basses are featured on the John Coates Jr. arrangement of He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother. The program closes with Gods Love Nubia from the musical "Aida."

Songlist: Requiem, Op. 48:, - Introit and Kyrie, - Offertory, - Sanctus, - Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, - Libera Me, - In Paradisum, Chichester Psalms: Psalm 108 vs. 2 & Psalm 100, entire, The Battle of Jericho, Sizohamba, Svadba, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Gods Love Nubia (from the musical "Aida")

6959c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

Chicago Children's Choir : Songs Of The Season : 1 CD : Josephine Lee / Daniel Wallenberg / Judy Hanson : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Songs Of The Season

Review: "The Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence." This is how the directors and teachers of the CCC describe themselves and what they are trying to do, and it warms our hearts on many levels. In the very brief liner notes is a picture of the large, red-jacketed choir of beautiful, intently singing children. Inside the 15 live Christmas songs are listed: "Gesu Bambino," Sing Joyfully," "This Christmastide," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "Christmas Song," "Riu, Riu Ciu," "Vehavta," "Hacia Belen va un borrico," "Appletree Wassail," "I Want the Star," "Christmas Lights," "A Take Six Christmas," "Snow," "White Christmas" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Josephine Lee, Artistic Director, is there in very small type. That's it-we learn from their website that the group began in 1956, the dream of the late Rev. Christopher Moore, that grew from a handful of kids in the First Unitarian Church to 3,000 kids in 61 in-school choruses, 5 after-school neighborhood choirs and this 125-voice Concert Choir. The music, the message and, of course, the children are the emphasis and the gift. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Processional, Gesu Bambino, Sing Joyfully, This Christmastide, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Christmas Song, Riu Riu Chiu, Vehavta, Hacia Belen ca un borrio, Appletree Wassail, I Want the Star, Christmas Lights, A Take Six Christmas, Snow, White Christmas, Go, Tell it on the Mountain

6958c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Some a cappella Childrens Choir Christmas

Chicago Children's Choir : Spring Gala Concert : 2 CDs : Josephine Lee : 

Chicago Children's Choir : Spring Gala Concert

Review: Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir is a multiracial, multicultural music education organization that strives to change the future by bringing musical excellence into the lives of children. "Spring Gala Concert" is a 2-CD set with 11 pieces on Disc 1 and 10 on Disc 2. All orchestrally accompanied, included are sacred songs like Van Dijk's "Bells," Schubert's "Mass in G," "Kyrie," "Gloria," "Credo," Sanctus Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei;" traditional spirituals like "My Lord What A Morning" and "My Soul's Been Anchored," two Native American songs, a Yiddish Lullaby, a South African folk song and two songs from "Aida" by Elton John and Tim Rice, "Dress Is My Strongest Suit" and "Gods Love Nubia." A beautiful album from a very special concert!

Songlist: Disc 1:, Bells, Mass in G:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus et Benedictus, Agnus Dei, The Coolin (The Fair Haired One), Sizohamba, Prende la vea, Rojinkes Mit Mandlen, Solda wa Milo, Disc 2:, The Native American Songs:, Ancient Mother, The Earth is Our Mother, My Lord, What a Mornin', Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Las Amarillas, Loves Me Like A Rock, Tuxedo Junction, Dress is My Strongest Suit, Gods Love Nubia, My Soul's Been Anchored, Now Let Us Sing

6737c | 2 CDs | $19.98 | Accompanied Mixed Childrens Choirs

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