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On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the University of Chicago and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance will present On Grace, a work-in-progress staged performance conceived and created by renowned actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith, in collaboration with cellist Joshua Roman. The performance will be directed by Leonard Foglia. The event is the culmination of Smith’s 2014 Presidential Arts Fellowship at UChicago and the first formal collaborative arts partnership between UChicago and Harris Theater.
Entering its third year of residency, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) returns to the Harris Theater for the first of three performances in the Michael Hill Series during the Theater’s milestone 10th season, beginning with the Bach Brandenburg Concertos on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm. The Wednesday night engagement marks the first time that CMS will perform the popular Brandenburg Concertos for an audience outside of New York and New Jersey – the start of a new annual holiday tradition at the Harris. The concerti, performed annually in New York to sold-out audiences, have become a staple of CMS’ holiday programming.
On November 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm, the Harris Theater kicks off the 2013-2014 Family Series with Loíza in Chicago, a traveling exhibition of song and dance co-presented by the Harris Theater and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA). Suitable for all ages, the performance features AfriCaribe, one of Chicago’s stalwart Bomba y Plena music and dance ensembles. The group’s colorful costumes, masks, Afro-Caribbean songs and dances explore the West African and Spanish history of the Vejigante traditions of Puerto Rico.
Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernandez, today’s highest ambassadors of traditional Mexican music, unite for a world-class benefit concert to support Chicago’s first standards-based student mariachi music program through the Mariachi Heritage Foundation. The K-12 grade student mariachi program is the first of its kind in Chicago, allowing students to meet general music requirements through a structured curriculum in mariachi performance taught as part of the regular school day.
Latin Grammy award winner, Aida Cuevas and José Hernandez’s Mariachi Sol de México perform at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00pm. The concert will also feature Chicago’s Sones de México Ensemble and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago.
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe – coming off a starring role in Robert Lepage’s production of the Ring Cycle at New York’s Metropolitan Opera – heads to Chicago for her Harris Theater debut, performing alongside the award-winning French-Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy and Music Director Bernard Labadie, October 17 at 7:30 pm. Ms. Blythe and Les Violons du Roy stop in Chicago as part of their North American tour running October 14 – 27.
Ms. Blythe will perform works by Haydn and Handel, accompanied by the 15-member Les Violons du Roy. Now entering its 30th anniversary season, the ensemble will make its third visit to the Harris Theater. The performance also features works by composers Telemann and Bach.
Program includes Berio’s Violin Duets and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella
New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), and the Harris Theater present a three-part program featuring the world premiere of a video installation created by critically acclaimed British director, designer and video artist Netia Jones, in creative collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas. Co-commissioned by NWS and the Harris Theater, Jones’ video will accompany Niccolò Castiglioni’s Inverno in-ver and will be incorporated into the performance in real time. The performances will be conducted by NWS Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami on October 17 at the New World Center and in Chicago on October 19 at the Harris Theater. The program will also include Berio’s Violin Duets, performed by NWS violin Fellows and local student musicians from the Miami area (on the Miami program) and NWS Fellows with students from the Music Institute of Chicago (on the Chicago program), and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, sung by mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell, tenor Matthew Newlin, and bass-baritone Rod Nelman of Chicago Opera Theater.
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance welcomes back the internationally renowned Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly known as the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra) and the Catalyst Quartet, joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves on Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm. This one-time collaboration between Ms. Graves and Sphinx can only be seen at the Harris.
Lauded by the New York Times as “first rate in every way,” the Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet are comprised of the top Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players. The ensemble will perform a diverse program to include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Britten, and more, along with a special selection of spiritual arrangements sung live by Graves.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back the inspiring Sphinx Virtuosi, and even more thrilled to welcome Denyce Graves for her first appearance on the Harris stage,” said Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. “This exciting collaboration pairs an exceptional organization with an exceptionally talented artist, in a one-of-a kind performance here in Chicago.”
Only performances of Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler during American visit. Tickets on sale July 27, 2013, National Dance Day.
Following The Hamburg Ballet’s triumphant Chicago debut this past February, the Harris Theater announces the exciting addition of the company to its upcoming 10th season, which was recently announced. Under the helm of acclaimed Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, The Hamburg Ballet will dance two performances of its classic work Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler on February 19 and 20, 2014. Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler is one of Neumeier’s signature pieces and has been hailed as “a work of a genius” by Clive Barnes of the New York Post. The Harris Theater is the only American venue that will be presenting Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler during the company’s U.S. visit next year.
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has announced the exciting performances that will celebrate its first decade. The Theater’s inaugural performance was held on November 8, 2003. Today, nearly 10 years later, the Harris will reflect on its past, present, and future with the 2013-2014 Harris Theater Presents series. The season is comprised of important premieres and debuts, along with returning favorites. The Theater’s more than 35 diverse resident companies will also shine in the spotlight with a dazzling array of performances throughout the entire season.
Take a lunchtime break and come see the Harris Theater’s presentation of The Seldoms on May 1 in a special 45-minute performance filled with exciting contemporary dance. The Seldoms will perform an excerpt from Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead.
Director, writer, actor, and originator of the Hairspray dynasty John Waters returns to the Harris Theater on May 21 to perform his critically acclaimed one-man show, This Filthy World. Updated and expanded from the original film version by the same name, the man affectionately knows as “The Pope of Trash” presents this hilarious evening focusing on his early negative influences, fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy, and his love of reading.
In a special joint presentation bringing together two of the most renowned dance companies in the United States, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago + Alonzo King LINES Ballet will give the highly anticipated Chicago premiere of AZIMUTH at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on March 14 – 17, 2013. AZIMUTH, a brand-new work created by LINES Ballet’s founder, director and award-winning choreographer Alonzo King, was commissioned by the Harris Theater to commemorate its upcoming 10th anniversary.
Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, a gothic horror story which blurs the line between the real world and the supernatural, opens Chicago Opera Theater’s 2013 Season, titled “Power of Love, Love of Power." This is Andreas Mitisek’s inaugural season as General Director of Chicago Opera Theater since assuming the position in June 2012. Glass’ haunting 1987 score for Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre masterpiece, with lyrics by Arthur Yorinks, provides the perfect backdrop for this nightmarish journey to the edge of madness.
Spend Valentine’s Day at the Harris Theater when it presents DanceWorks Chicago as they take the stage for a special 45-minute lunchtime performance on Thursday, February 14 at noon. Guests can buy lunch from some of Chicago’s best and most eclectic food trucks (Babycakes, Tamale Spaceship and Bombay Wraps) or bring a bag lunch. In honor of the holiday, champagne will also be available for purchase – 2 glasses for $10.
Just back from their historic performance at the Presidential Inauguration, Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago take the stage at the Harris Theater on February 9 at 2 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month. Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago will sing a selection of songs performed at the Inauguration. The choir’s concert is part of the Harris Theater’s popular Family Series, which was created to help children explore their own creativity and imagination through music and dance.
The Hamburg Ballet – widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest dance companies – will begin its U.S. tour at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Feb. 1 and 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The two-performance engagement at Chicago’s Harris Theater marks the esteemed classical ballet company’s Chicago debut and the Windy City premiere of the ballet’s iconic work, “Nijinsky." “Nijinsky” is the dark and dramatic creation of accomplished Milwaukee-born ballet dancer, director and choreographer John Neumeier, who has led the Hamburg Ballet for the past 40 years. The ballet is based on the life and legend of one of the most exceptional dancers and artists of our century – Vaslav Nijinsky.