As guests entered the Chicago Children’s Choir Red Jacket Optional gala on Oct. 26, they were greeted by the Voice of Chicago ensemble singing a spirited Michael Jackson medley, which included “Man in the Mirror,” “Black or White” and “Heal the World.” It was a fitting opener for the group’s top singers, who have toured the globe spreading the message of unity through music. Later in the night, the gala’s 550 attendees — including Gov. Pat Quinn — enjoyed a second performance featuring selections from “Sita Ram,” a musical that will premiere on Dec. 14 at the Harris Theater. The fundraiser gave Concert Choir members a chance to debut their new uniforms designed by Chicagoan Azeeza Khan: chic black chiffon dresses and red silk jackets for the girls, black suits with red trim for the boys. The event, held in the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel’s ballroom, raised $600,000 to benefit music education programs serving 3,000 Chicago children annually.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match donations to the Chicago Children’s Choir, up to a total of $10,000, now through December 15, 2012. Donate now here.
Story by Susanna Negovan | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen