Opera superstar Renée Fleming jams with jazz singer-pianist-composer Patricia Barber in Higher, a sure-to-be spectacular evening featuring two of Chicago's most influential musical artists. Fleming kicks off the show with a recital of some of Barber's best songs, newly arranged for this concert, then the acclaimed vocalists team up for some festive holiday tunes. One of the most celebrated sopranos of our time, Fleming's a National Medal of Arts and multiple Grammy winner who made a big splash at 2014's Super Bowl XLVIII with her stunning version of the national anthem. But that was only after a long career with The Met and other operas around the world. She's currently making her mark as a creative consultant with the Lyric Opera. With throaty, sensual vocals and "coolly incisive" piano playing, Chicago's own Patricia Barber has been setting the standard for female jazz vocalists for years. In fact, her inventive style and musical panache won her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003, and her original compositions are known for their witty and complex lyrics. After these two powerhouse performers bring down the house at the Harris Theater, they're headed to The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, for another special show.
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