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10th season continues: harris theater reopens today after an electrical fire forced the theater to cease operations for over two weeks
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, thanks to the tremendous efforts and support of individuals and organizations throughout Chicago, reopens today and will continue its 10th season. The first performances will be Thodos Dance Chicago’s Winter Concert on March 8 and March 9, immediately followed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s much-anticipated Spring Series, March 13–16.
The Theater wishes to thank Exelon, Commonwealth Edison, Jim Wilson and Joe Gattuso of Taft Stettinius & Holister, Divane Brothers Electric Company, the City of Chicago, and the Harris at 10 season sponsors The Northern Trust Company and United Airlines.
Chicago-born jazz sensation kurt elling headlines dancing in the street, a co-presentation from chicago children’s choir and the harris theater
In a special one-night-only co-presentation honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, South Africa’s 20th year free from Apartheid, and the late icon Nelson Mandela, Chicago Children’s Choir and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance bring Dancing in the Street to the Harris Theater, Thursday, May 15 at 7:30PM. This joint-production welcomes Chicago-born jazz vocalist and Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling to the Harris stage for the first time, performing alongside members of the Choir during this tribute performance.
The Choir and Harris Theater presentation of Dancing in the Street is generously supported by The PrivateBank.
All-french program highlights the chamber music society of lincoln center’s masterful french revelations at harris theater, march 18
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) 2013-2014 Michael Hill series continues at the Harris Theater with French Revelations, Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30PM. Critically acclaimed and award-winning society members Nicholas Canellakis (cello), Bridget Kibbey (harp), Sooyun Kim (flute), Kristin Lee (violin), Anne-Marie McDermott (piano), and Paul Neubauer (viola) perform seminal works of French virtuosos Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Albert Roussel, Jean Françaix, Joseph Jongen, and Marcel Tournier. This diverse, all-French program includes Ravel’s Jeux d’eau, a serene work for solo piano that takes inspiration from the cascading sounds of water, as well as two works from Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp and Sonata for Cello and Piano–known famously as two of the last three pieces the composer completed before his untimely death in 1918.
Harris Theater Announces New Dates for previously scheduled performances
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has announced new dates for previously scheduled performances, including Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Queenie Pie and Music of the Baroque’s Handel & Bach—Italian Style. The Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards will now take place on March 1 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut Street). New dates for the Harris Theater Presents performances of Alonzo King LINES Ballet are still to be determined. Patrons who hold tickets for the LINES Ballet performances previously scheduled for February 27 and 28 will be contacted by a Box Office representative once new dates are confirmed.
The Harris Theater is currently closed for electrical repairs through March 6.
chicago opera theater reschedules performances of queenie pie due to electrical fire at the harris theater
Performances of Chicago Opera Theater’s Queenie Pie have been rescheduled due to an electrical fire that damaged a portion of the Harris Theater’s operational and mechanical equipment in the late afternoon of February 19, 2014. The Chicago Opera Theater Box Office will be contacting patrons with rescheduling options. The new Queenie Pie performance date and times are Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30PM, Thursday, March 20 at 7:30PM, and Sunday, March 23 at 3:00PM.
The Harris Theater for Music and will remain closed through Thursday, March 6 to repair damaged operational and mechanical equipment caused by an electrical fire that occurred yesterday afternoon. Patrons will be contacted by a Harris Theater representative with further information regarding ticket purchases and upcoming performances. Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance all working on possible rescheduling for this season at the Harris.
The beat goes on with chicago high school for the arts
On Thursday, March 6 at 12PM, the talented young students of The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) kick off the third Eat to the Beat performance of the 2013-2014 season at the Harris Theater. Some of Chicago’s best food trucks will be on site to provide concertgoers with a wide selection of delectable, cheap eats for families and professionals living and working in the downtown area. This season’s Eat to the Beat food partners have included The Fat Shallot, Husky Hog, Taquero Fusion, and More Cupcakes.
WEndy Whelan, america’s greatest contemporary ballerina, postpones inaugural tour of restless creature
Following hip surgery that took place just one week after the August 14, 2013 world premiere of Restless Creature, Wendy Whelan, in consultation with her doctors, has concluded that her body needs more time to heal and that she must postpone her spring 2014 (March 16 – April 11) inaugural U.S. tour of the work. Whelan was scheduled to perform Restless Creature at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Thursday, March 20. Rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. All current ticket holders for the Harris Theater presentation of Restless Creature will be contacted by a Harris Theater Box Office representative.
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.