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Red Jacket Optional

The most inspirational concert of the year.

Thanks for tuning in! Red Jacket Optional 2021 was our most successful yet, raising nearly $1.75m for the youth of Chicago.
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For more than six decades, our community-based programs have prepared young people to take a leading role on the world's stage.

Guest Artists

In addition to jaw-dropping performances by the world-renowned Voice of Chicago alongside Dimension and select Neighborhood Choir singers, tonight's show will feature a slate of incredible guest artists.

Explore the lineup below.

Grammy Award Winner

Kurt Elling

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award fifteen times.


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Singer/Songwriter

Natalie Bergman

Natalie Bergman is an American singer-songwriter. She is best known as one-half of Wild Belle, a brother-and-sister duo whose adventurous, sonically rich pop music is informed by reggae, Afrobeat, soul, and multiple other genres. In 2019 Bergman's father and stepmother were killed by a drunk driver. Retreating to a monastery in New Mexico, she meditated on her loss and began writing what became her debut solo album, Mercy, featuring the single “Talk to the Lord."


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CCC Alumnus

Vasil Garvanliev

Vasil Garvanliev, known as Vasil, was born and raised in Macedonia and has been in the music world professionally since the age of 7. Vasil uses roots from his home country of Macedonia to share its culture with the world. His 25 year professional music journey is quite diverse—from a child pop star, to a member and soloist for Chicago Children's Choir, to over 50 roles as a Leading Baritone Opera singer, to back up vocals to some of the worlds greatest Artists.


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CCC Alumnus

Jonathan Green

American Verdi baritone Jonathan R. Green is originally from Chicago, IL and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with Richard Miller. Jonathan studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with distinguished professor of voice Timothy Noble. Jonathan also studied at the University of Kentucky with Dr Everett McCorvey.


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