Le Cantanti di Chicago is a diverse group of women whose mission is to enrich our world through the joy of choral performance, weaving a musical tapestry from many genres and cultures. We are committed to using our voices to uplift the human spirit and to support causes that promote peace, hope, and wholeness in the world.
The women who comprise the choir come from many backgrounds, often reflected in the choir's repertoire - in addition to English, our performances often include songs in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Latvian, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and come from many different ethnic, racial, and regional backgrounds - we are a microcosm of our hometown of Chicago!
Since our inaugural concert in May 2015, we have given two major concerts each year. It has been our privilege to sing in concert with several soloists as well as church choirs. Proceeds from these concerts have been donated for relief to the victims of earthquakes in Nepal, Ecuador, and Kumamoto, Japan; to rebuild a church in China that was destroyed by fire; and to support Catholic Relief Services' clean water projects. Proceeds from our 5th Anniversary concert in May 2019 titled “Thank You for the Music” were donated to the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka and the March 3, 2019, tornadoes in Alabama.
In addition to our regular concerts, we also perform as a guest choir for different events around the city, including worship services at Hyde Park Union Church, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church of Chicago. We regularly perform at Montgomery Place Senior Residence in concerts and sing-alongs with the audience, and we have greatly enjoyed taking part in such annual festivals as "Make Music Chicago" and the Chinatown Summer Fair.
In the summer of 2017, we were thrilled and honored to join choirs from 12 countries in a choral festival Serenade! to celebrate the birth centennial of President Kennedy and the founding of the Peace Corps, organized by Classical Movements, Inc., in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. You can see one of our performances here.
On January 21, 2017, we proudly joined our voices with those of 250,000 women and men who marched and sang along with us on the streets of Chicago at the Women's March, in solidarity with women everywhere. Our music and actions will continue to call attention to injustices as part of our mission to promote peace, hope, and wholeness in the world.
January 2018 saw us producing our first CD "Imbiana!" It is for sale on our eBay page and will be available at all of our performances.
On June 9, 2019, we joyfully concluded our 5th season with a benefit dinner/concert at the unique Polo Inn, in the Bridgeport neighborhood.
Summer 2020 will see us returning to the Kennedy Center, where the Serenade! festival will honor 6 women suffragists - among them the Chicago icon Ida B. Wells, for whom a new piece will be commissioned...to be sung by us!