ChiArts Jazz Combo to Join More Than 40 of Chicago’s Cultural Icons for the First Time at Navy Pier for Chicago LIVE Again!

For the first time ever Chicago’s brightest marquee names will light up Navy Pier…

ChiArts is thrilled to announce the ChiArts Jazz Combo will be performing at Chicago Live Again!, Navy Pier’s two-day festival of free outdoor performances from more than 40 of Chicago’s brightest cultural icons, all performing in one place for the very first time. We are honored to join the ranks of performers from Broadway in Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City, the Lyric Opera and many more! 

Join us in celebrating the return of live performance and the brilliant artists—onstage and backstage—finally doing what they do best. All performances are live and free on September 24 and 25 at Navy Pier. The ChiArts Jazz Combo will be performing on Saturday, September 25 at 4:30 PM on the Navy Pier Lake Stage located south of the pier in Polk Bros Park. Huge congratulations to ChiArts Jazz Combo musicians, Jay Cebrero on bass, Leo Milano on saxophone, Austin Nichols on piano, and Chase Wilkins on drums. Visit Navy Pier’s website linked here for more information regarding the schedule, COVID protocols, and admire our amazing ChiArts Jazz Combo featured on the homepage! 

Chicago Live Again! will also provide masterclasses to ChiArts scholar-artists from professionals at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Hubbard Street Dance. We are grateful for the opportunities Navy Pier has provided to showcase our scholar-artists’ talent and help grow their pre-professional training.

To learn more about ChiArts’ involvement in Chicago Live Again!, read our press release here

See ChiArts Artistic Director Tina Boyer Brown on ABC 7’s Chicago Live Again! feature here.

 

3 ChiArts Winter Shows You Cannot Miss

ChiArts produces over 70 showcases a year! From creative writing readings to jazz showcases, we work hard to balance a full academic load, conservatory classes, and rehearsals! Here are three upcoming winter showcases that truly champion ChiArts’ overachiever spirit. 
 
Student Choreography Showcase: On January 28, senior dancers become choreographers! Watch ChiArts original pieces choreographed, auditioned, and directed by the dance class of 2020. Each senior will speak on behalf of their piece, along with their industry mentor who helps guide the process and production.
 
Spring Large Ensemble: The ChiArts music department is currently the number one high school program in the state! This concert on February 14 showcases our instrumental ensembles, and will include pieces they will perform at the IHSA competition.
 
Feature Musical: Every year, we produce a full scale musical inviting all five conservatories to audition! This year, a cast of 50+ scholar-artists from all conservatories will perform the Tony- and Grammy-nominated show CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL. The production will run from March 8-10, 2020.

 

Congrats ChiArts Class of 2019! What’s next?!

The Chicago High School for the Arts’ 7th class of graduates are off on their next adventure. We’re honored to have been a stepping stone for these future leaders of our world. Did you know that the ChiArts class of 2019 spans universities in 20 states, three countries, and 66 of our scholar-artists are attending local universities in-state?! Get to know more about our recent graduates below:
 

ChiArts Presents Les Misérables

We’re incredibly proud to present our largest production yet, Les Misérables. With over 50 cast and crew members, join us for this unforgettable story of redemption, duty, and love.

Production Run- January 18, 19, and 20 at 7:00 PM
Final matinee on Sunday, January 21 at 3:00 PM

Click here for tickets!

Have you seen the ChiArts Les Mis flash mob? Check out our amazing cast! 

Share Les Misérables with your friends and family on Facebook- #JoinOurRevolution #WeAreChiArts

We’re hosting a food drive-
The cast of Les Mis invites audience members to bring a non-perishable food item to drop in the lobby with NHS volunteers before they see the show! This is not required but highly encouraged. The themes of the show, which center around the working class, have inspired this food drive donation.

Vocal Department Collaborates With Ballet Chicago

The Vocal Department had a wonderfully busy November with ILMEA District 1 auditions, the Winter Large Ensemble concert, Winter Opera and Jazz Showcase, and a first-time collaboration with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company! On November 3, 4, and 16, Ballet Chicago presented DanceVision 2017, Choral Colors. Nine ChiArts Vocal Majors performed a wide variety of music for shows at Ballet Chicago’s Dowd Studio and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

This program was hosted by Artistic Director Daniel Duell and featured original choreography from rising Chicago artists curated by ChiArts Dance Instructor and Ballet Chicago’s Resident Choreographer, Ted Seymour. Led by Vocal Chair Natalie Chami, selections included classical, gospel, and jazz music, with scholar-artists performing in solos, duets, trios, and even quartets. We are so proud of the Vocal Majors and faculty members who participated in this innovative collaboration and we look forward to more “Live Dance with Live Music” performances with Ballet Chicago. Click here to watch an in-studio performance on Ballet Chicago’s Facebook!

*Featured Image from Ballet Chicago 

Music students represent ChiArts at Lyric Opera Chicago Voices Concert

ChiArts vocalists attend Lyric’s Chicago Voices concert.

On February 4, a group of ChiArts vocalists attended the Lyric Opera’s Chicago Voices concert featuring performances and unique collaborations by artistic director Renée Fleming, Shemekia Copeland, Kurt Elling, Lupe Fiasco, The Handsome Family, Jessie Mueller, Matthew Polenzani, John Prine, and Michelle Williams.

ChiArts alumna Noel Price joined the stage with Williams, and the following day, Ms. Fleming coached Class of 2017 vocalist Reever Julian in a special master class.

Special thanks to the Caerus Foundation and Lyric Opera for this amazing opportunity for our scholar-artists!

 

ChiArts vocalist Reever Julian with opera star Renee Fleming

ChiArts Alumna Noel Price at Chicago Voices concert