Chicago Music Companies Jira Productions and Artist and Brands LLC produce the 2nd annual “Voices of the Future… Coming Together” benefit at Harris Theatre for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

CHICAGO (January 23, 2012) –Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaims January 29, 2012, “Voices of the Future..Coming Together Day.” This day will showcase youth vocalists throughout the City of Chicago to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) and the local charity’s mission to build the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s in downtown Chicago.

“The Ronald McDonald House works hard in the community to improve the health, well- being  and education of children  across the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Voices of the Future is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the remarkable talent of our children while supporting the Ronald McDonald House.”

The second annual “Voices of the Future..Coming Together” concert will showcase the following choirs: Franklin Fine Arts Academy Choir, Kenwood Academy Concert Choir, Loyola Academy Honors Chamber Singers, Midwest Young Artists, Voices Rising, Kelly High School Cantantes, Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers, and Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago. Each choir will perform a Beatles song to commemorate the Beatles’ 50th Anniversary.

“Voices of the Future, Coming Together,” appears exclusively at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, located at 205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601, on Sunday, January 29, 2012, with the performances to begin at 2:00pm CST.

“We are thrilled to have so such impressive talent come together to help our families,” says Doug Porter, CEO of RMHC-CNI.  “We can only make this home away from home possible for the families of critically ill children because of the selfless support of so many.  We are truly thankful and looking forward to exceptional performances by these amazing choirs.”

Ira Antelis, co‐chief executive officer of Artists & Brands, LLC, stated that, “There is a wealth of talent in these kids. I think it’s important we embrace it, and celebrate it.” Antelis went on to say that through the youth’s commitment to this concert, they are supporting a very worthy organization.

A limited quantity of tickets are currently available on a first come, first served basis at www.RonaldHouseChicago.org. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago & Northwestern Indiana:
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to improve the health, well- ‐being and education of children through our core programs. Our four Houses provide a “home away from home” to keep the families of hospitalized children together. Located near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center and, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, our Houses allow families to eat, sleep, and find the emotional support they need just blocks from where their child is being treated. In June, RMHC‐CNI will open the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House is Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood in support of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. For more information visit: www.RonaldHouseChicago.org


About Artist and Brands, LLC:
Artist and Brands, LLC is a music production company based in Chicago, IL that facilitates relationships between national and global consumer brands and both established and up-and coming musical artists. Formed as a joint venture between music wonderkind Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer for such artists as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, and J Lo; and musical director Ira Antelis, co- founder of JIRA Productions and creator of such familiar brand anthems as, “Be Like Mike” and McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ it,” Artists and Brands LLC exists to bridge the gap between consumer brands and artistic content. For more information visit: www.ArtistsandBrands.com


About JIRA Productions:
Jira Productions is a full-service audio post-production and music house based in Chicago. We specialize in Original Music, Music Supervision, Audio Post and Digital Cinema Production. For more information visit: www.jiraproductions.com