Blackhawks singer Jim Cornelison doing Illini, NASCAR gigs


Jim Cornelison, the fulltime national anthem singer for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Illini’s Chicago Homecoming game against Washington at Soldier Field on Sept. 14.

Jim Cornelison sang with multiple opera companies before moving to Chicago in 1995 to take part in the Lyric Opera’s Apprenticeship Program, where he one of six accepted apprentices among more than 800 applicants. He has performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in opera, such as Plácido Domingo and Zubin Mehta.

Jim Cornelison will perform the national anthem again the same day at the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jim Cornelison is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University’s Masters of Music program has also performed at numerous Chicago Bears games and at Medinah Country Club for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

As a leading tenor, Jim Cornelison has performed for various opera companies in places such as London, Brussels, Bordeaux, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Hawaii. He has been the Hawks regular singer since 2007. For the third consecutive year, Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2013 championship.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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