Chicago Welcomes The Return of Paint The Town Red 5-26

By: Dane Roberts

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) is thrilled to announce the grand return of its signature program Paint the Town Red, a free citywide celebration of unity and the power of young people to bring beauty to our world.

CCC, a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global leaders through music, are thrilled to be in person at the Pritzker Pavilion for the first time since 2019, Paint the Town Red will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 11 am. Thousands of youths from around Chicago will gather to perform alongside Grammy-Award winner Peter CottonTale, as well as acclaimed opera singer Jonathan Green, Eurovision star vocalist Vasil Garvanliev, Chicago’s The JuJu Exchange, and other guest artists to celebrate 65 years of the Choir changing lives through music. This event is free and open to the public. More information is available at

“This is what it’s all about,” said CCC President Josephine Lee. “We use the effervescent experience of music to unite voices, forge new friendships and captivate the city, and with Paint the Town Red this year, that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

As part of the celebration, Peter CottonTale, will join the Choir to perform “Together,” CottonTale’s original song that was performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Inauguration Night 2021.

This uplifting concert will also feature the world premiere of “Look Into the Sky” a collaborative musical piece composed by Grammy Award-nominee Ayanna Woods and The JuJu Exchange co-founder Julian Davis Reid. The piece was developed through a series of workshops with CCC singers.

The heart-stirring, “Still Here”, written by composer-in-residence, W. Mitchell Owens III for the 2021-22 season, serves as an anchor as it honors the 65th anniversary of the Choir with a powerful message of hope and resilience. Other highlights include “Te Deum” from a recent collaboration of Tosca between CCC and Lyric Opera; Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” featured in CCC‘s annual Black History Month concert earlier this year; “Latinoamerica,” a part of the upcoming annual Canto Latino concert’s curriculum celebrating Chicago’s Latin American heritage; Civil Rights anthems reflective of the Choir’s 1956 founding; as well as songs in Latin, Korean, Hebrew and Zulu

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