Dec 12, 2012 >> Five minutes with Chicago Children’s Choir’s Josephine Lee
Itâ€™s hard to believe by looking at her that Josephine Lee has been the artistic director of the Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir for almost fourteen yearsâ€”her beauty is as fresh and radiant as the children and teenagers she leads. Music perpetuates youth, though, and Josephine has been a musician since the very start. (She played both piano and violin and was a singer since the age of three. â€œAnd I conducted whoever would let me,â€ she laughs.)
This weekend marks one of Josephineâ€™s most pivotal career moments: Sita Ram, a completely original musical hits the stage, performed by the Childrenâ€™s Choir. We love any kind of musical, of course, but Sita Ram is the epitome of cool. Itâ€™s a modern-day version of a Hindu epic, with glamorous costumes by Atelier Azza’s Azeeza Khan and singing and dancing that will blow you away. We canâ€™t wait to see it, but mostly, we canâ€™t wait to see what else Josephine has in store for the future. Forget DJsâ€”conductors are the new cool.
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Q: What made you choose Azeeza Khan of Atelier Azza to do the costumes for Sita Ram?
A: We wanted to bring our current uniforms to the 21st century, to celebrateÂ the hip urban-ness of our children but still giving them style and elegance. An up-and-coming Chicago designer seemed the perfect fit for what we wanted to accomplish with new uniforms.
Q: By going with such a hot designer, youâ€™re making a statement about the connection of fashion and music. Do you think the two intersect?
A: Thereâ€™s tons of intersection! If you look at any performing artist, they make a statement with what they wear. Itâ€™s a synergy between fashion and music that helps reflect who we are as artists.
Q: What influence does music have on your own style?
A: Itâ€™s timeless. Classical music is my foundationâ€”it has lasted centuries and I like my style to the same.
Q: So the style equivalent isâ€¦?
A: A classic quilted Chanel bag. I like clean lines and own a lot of black.
Q: What is your fashion splurge?
A: Shoes and coats!
Q: Your beautyâ€”like your fashionâ€”is timeless too. Whatâ€™s your beauty philosophy?
A; Be yourself, whoever you may be.
Sita Ram plays Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th. Visit SitaRamTheMusical.com for more information and tickets.