Gregory Hughes conductor
Ann James narrator
Robert Hunt baritone
VOX 3 Collective chorus
Jessel: Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Anderson: A Christmas Festival
Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
This concert will last approximately 45 minutes, and will be performed without intermission. Suitable for ages 6 and up.
Ann James is a Sideshow Theatre ensemble member and has appeared in its productions of Caught, Antigonick, Maria/Stuart, and Idomeneus. Among other companies with which she has also worked are the 16th Street Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Jackalope, Organic, Pivot Arts, Provision, Shattered Globe, and Stage Left. She is the founding director of Chicspeare Production Company, which has brought Shakespeare alive for more than 100,000 area residents through educational programs and productions.
Robert Hunt has performed with The Lyric Opera of Chicago in their productions of Carousel and The Sound of Music. He has soloed with The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and The Chorus of Westerly. On Broadway Rob played Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. He has also sung at Carnegie Hall in Jerry Spring, the Opera. He led the original Off-Broadway casts of Boobs! The Musical and Have a Nice Day. His regional theater credits include appearances at Goodspeed Opera House, Ravinia, Wolftrap, Theatre of the Stars, Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Under the Stars, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival to name a few. He has toured extensively with Les Miserables, The Lincoln Center production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's South Pacific, and Forever Plaid. In the Chicago area Rob has performed at Marriott Lincolnshire, Mercury Theater, Theatre at the Center, Light Opera Works, and The Chicago Humanities Festival among others. Rob is thrilled to be singing with Lakeview Orchestra.
VOX 3 Collective believes in the vitality of vocal music in all its myriad forms. From its inception in 2007, VOX 3 Collective has sought to breathe new life into the recital genre with thoughtful programming and dynamic performances. Art song and opera programs pair familiar and obscure repertoire—whether Renaissance motet, Baroque opera, Romantic lieder, or contemporary art song—and provide intimate interaction between singer, accompanist, and audience. Alongside traditional recitals, the company presents crazy cabarets that blend pop, music theatre, and classical styles in a number of bars and restaurants throughout the city.
VOX 3 Collective members are graduates of some of the country’s finest conservatory programs and have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. Members feel called to champion unique corners of the repertoire, helping to fashion fresh programs that combine performance talent with intellectual curiosity. The company’s entertaining, educational concerts have been featured on WLUW, WBEZ, and WFMT radio, WOCH television, and recommended by critics and publications throughout Chicago.
Beyond musical performance, VOX 3 Collective has published a program journal of original essays and hosts educational events to aid understanding of art, culture, and history. Past programs have featured female composers, traced German history, celebrated Latin American culture, investigated vocal music of the Philippines, highlighted the drama of Shakespeare’s works, and delved into the folklore of diverse peoples. Through these widely varied themes, audiences not only hear new and enjoyable music, but also learn as they listen. Further, VOX 3 remains committed to providing its concerts at a low cost in order to allow the widest spectrum of Chicagoans to experience vocal music.