Believing in angels was easy if you were blessed enough to find yourself listening to the 4000 Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) kids singing today – harmonizing from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.
Imagine being 8, or 10 or 11 years old and experiencing the impact of singing from Beethoven’s 9th symphony An Die Freude (Ode to Joy) with a 46 piece orchestra and 4000 fellow singers from that enormous stage. Add to that mix The Q Brothers, Karen Jesse, Jonita Lattimore, Evan Bravos and Michael St. Peter and the inspiration could last you a lifetime!
The incredibly talented conductors arrange, choreograph and teach the music in three parts of more to their neighborhood or school choir. When my daughter went on tour with CCC to New Orleans recently, Mr. Evan Bruno, her conductor, said that one of the singers commented: “We go on tour with the intention of helping other people connect to our music. But today I realized that tour is also about receiving the message of other people.”
These are the values they continue to demonstrate since their inception, starting during the 1956 Civil Right Movement, and they are a model for any organization that serves children.
Mr. Bruno, tells the kids in his choir, “We don’t strive for perfection, we strive for excellence.”
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all took that advice to heart?