|Community Renewal Chorus and All God's Children form an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, equality, peace and justice through music.|
Active in Chicago's musical life for over 40 years, the Choruses have performed at public functions, on TV, and in churches and concert venues throughout the region. They were founded in 1970-71 by Harriet Ziegenhals and served until 2003 as musical ambassadors of the Community Renewal Society, personifying its struggle against racism and injustice.
Their commitment is expressed in action:
Membership includes people of various races, faith perspectives, economic backgrounds, political affiliations, and sexual oreintations.
Repertoire includes music from around the world, representing a variety of race, ethnicity, language and culture.
Concert locations include neighborhoods and cities that will benefit from rich harmony achievable through the individual contributions of a diverse group.
Their harmony has enhanced civic events in Chicago through the years. All God's Children helped Mayor Harold Washington light the city's official Christmas tree and appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its Youth Concert Series. Community Renewal Chorus sang for the outdoor public memorial service after Mayor Washington's death and at the opening of the McCormick Place expansion.
In 1998 and 1999 the Choruses performed on stage for the re-opening of Symphony Center hosted by Marshall Field's Day of Music.
As a group whose diversity reflects the face of urban America, the Choruses were welcomed enthusiastically in foreign countires. Since 1976, eight international "Friendship Tours" have been taken to Romania, Poland, the former USSR, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Scandinavia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Mexico and Ireland.
Together, Community Renewal Chorus and All God's Children are a living witness that people can break through the walls that separate human beings from each other and form a community where the contributions, capacities, gifts and talents of all are appreciated, affirmed and celebrated.