More than 5,000 students from across Chicago will be performing with the cast of Hamilton at a free Millennium Park concert

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Chicago Children's Choir To Perform With Cast Of 'Hamilton'

The 'Paint The Town Red' concert takes place Thursday in Millennium Park

May 22, 2019 - 7:38 am
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By Terry Keshner

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Children's Choir is being joined Thursday by the cast of "Hamilton" for its annual "Paint The Town Red" concert at Millennium Park.

Josephine Lee is president and artistic director of the Chicago Children's Choir and spoke to WBBM Newsradio before one of this week's rehearsals at the Chicago Cultural Center.  She said "5,200 of our singers will be gathering and celebrating through music."

The choir members are ages 8-18 and come from across the city and across neighborhoods, representing 92 Chicago schools. And while music is their art, the students' passion is so much more.

Choir member Jonathan Swain told WBBM Newsradio "our mission is to inspire and change lives through music."

Alex Good, who has been in the choir for several years, said the children keep their individual identities while also creating a unified message.

"It's not loving the sound of our own voice anymore, it's loving the sound of our voice with others," she said.

All the kids have talent, but choir member Talha Barberousse said it's not the talent that matters.

"Even if you don't have the best voice you can hear the love in someone's voice when they're singing if they truly want to do what they're doing in that moment," she said.

More than 5,000 students from across Chicago will be performing with the cast of Hamilton at a free Millennium Park concert
WBBM Newsradio/Terry Keshner

Katie Moynihan said. in a choir, you're never alone.

"I love singing with a choir. It makes me feel inspired and supported," she said.

Her fellow choir member Isabel Walsman-Diaz said being in a choir is "a bonding experience like no other bonding experience."

Josephine Lee said the choir does more than make good music for the city,"it's a vehicle by which we can all connect, build bridges, break down barriers, begin the process of creating communities and pathways to peace."

The Chicago Children's Choir has been around for more than 60 years and has many more concerts lined up all spring and summer.

The 'Paint The Town Red' concert takes place Thursday, May 23 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.