Jim Cornelison to sing National Anthem at Wings Over Waukegan
News-Sun staff report September 4, 2013 7:30PM
Jim Cornelison, a classically-trained opera singer who has been the Chicago Blackhawks' regular anthem singer since 2007, will sing at the WIngs Over Waukegan Air Show Saturday, Sept. 7. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:50PM
A signature sound from the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks is scheduled to come to the Waukegan Air Show on Saturday, Sept. 7, as Jim Cornelison is on tap to open the show with his Lyric Opera-caliber rendition of the National Anthem.
Waukegan Regional Airport manager Jim Stanczak said on Wednesday, Sept. 4, that efforts had been under way for some time to bring in Cornelison, who has performed “The Star Spangled Banner” before all Hawks home games since 2007.
“It took a little while to set it up, but we heard from him (Wednesday) and he’s coming in,” Stanczak said.
In past years, the anthem has been performed at the air show by local singers that have included Jackie Bucher and Mary Vineski. On Saturday, Cornelison is scheduled to take the “Wings Over Waukegan” microphone at noon to open the program.
Cornelison’s Waukegan visit comes during a string of regional appearances to perform the anthem, including a stop Wednesday at Northern Illinois University.
On Sept. 14, Cornelison is also slated to sing the anthem at both Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race and at Chicago’s Soldier Field for a football game between Illinois and Washington State.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for “Wings Over Waukegan,” with traffic accessing Waukegan Regional from both Yorkhouse and McAree roads and Lewis Avenue at Beach Road. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.waukeganairshow.com.