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Chicago Voices artistic director - Renee Fleming celebrates city in multimedia program / Chicago Tribune

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In December 2015, operatic soprano Renee Fleming collaborated with Chicago jazz singer-pianist Patricia Barber in a genre-defying performance at the Harris Theater. Jazz and classical languages intertwined as Fleming and Barber performed a world-premiere program of Barber's art songs and other repertoire, two singular artists elegantly blurring distinctions between their musical realms (and subsequently taking the show on the road).

Come Saturday evening, Fleming will venture still further out stylistically in "Chicago Voices," a musically far-reaching, multimedia program at the Civic Opera House modeled after the "American Voices" project Fleming brought to the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2013. This time, Fleming serves as artistic director for a concert designed to reflect Chicago's enormous contribution to the world of song.

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