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Rising Stars series in Millennium Park

June 12, 2008 9:01:09 AM PDT
Four free concerts will be held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion showcasing the Chicago Children's Choir, Midwest Young Artists, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and After School Matters. The best and the brightest of Chicago's brightest young artists will take to the stage this summer in the new Rising Stars series in Millennium Park's new Rising Stars series this summer Four ensembles of up-and-coming dancers, musicians and actors will take center stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, offering an opportunity for up and coming performers to hone their craft on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This free series will showcase the work of the Chicago Children's Choir, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists and After School Matters. Finalists in the national Poetry Out Loud contest will open each of the four performances.

The series kicks off on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m., when the critically acclaimed Chicago Children's Choir returns to Millennium Park. Renowned for stirring performances and incredible breadth of repertoire, the choir will perform international works from South Africa to Korea, a classical set with J.S. Bach's sixth motet, as well as American music including Broadway hits and the soul music of Stax Records. The Chicago Children's Choir is led by Artistic Director Josephine Lee.

Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Ave. to the west, Columbus Dr. to the east, Randolph St. to the north and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and at the Grant Park North and East Monroe Garages, all located within a short walking distance to Millennium Park.

Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers. Among Millennium Park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor's hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture. Since its opening in July 2004, Millennium Park has had more than 12 million visitors, making it one of the most popular destinations in Chicago.

For more information about Millennium Park, call 312.742.1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org.

Rising Stars Series in Millennium Park
Chicago Children's Choir
Jay Pritzker Pavillion
Thur, 6:30 pm
312-742-1168
www.millenniumpark.org


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