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Ramsey and Philip Bailey from a Recent Show
Ramsey part of All-star Lineup at Lyric Gala
By Mark Thomas Ketterson,
Lyric Opera celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in grand style Saturday evening, with a dazzling gala held at the Civic Opera House. Conducted by Lyric's music director Sir Andrew Davis, and hosted by Jane Lynch, the evening fielded a treasure trove of performances from a seemingly endless array of luminaries, including Lyric's creative consultant Renee Fleming, jazz great Ramsey Lewis, members of Chicago's Second City, and a host of many among the most celebrated singers active on the international opera stage today.
The celebrations also unveiled Lyric's new concert shell, a golden-toned acoustical marvel designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, which complements the theater perfectly and deftly transformed the stage into an ideal venue for such events. read/see more...
Ramsey Receives Fifth Star Award
Original article by Howard Reich
Choreographer Lou Conte and pianist Ramsey Lewis are among Chicago arts figures who received the first Fifth Star Awards, presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.
Also receiving honors: sculptor Richard Hunt, former cultural affairs commissioner Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
“Investing in art and culture can bring economic revitalization to every one of our neighborhoods and a sense of community like no other investment can,” Emanuel said in a statement. “The Fifth Star Awards will be a fitting tribute to all the great artists of the City of Chicago. It will honor our past as a great hub for art and culture, while also becoming an important part of the city’s future.”