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Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season 

Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company’s Revenge of Prince Zi Dan as part of Shakespeare 400
Danish Dance Theatre’s Chicago Debut with provocative Black Diamond
Chicago Premiere of new work from REM’s Mike Mills & Robert McDuffie 
Joyce DiDonato performs In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music with Il Pomo d’Oro
Batsheva Dance Company’s stunning Last Work debut at the Harris Theater
Two-Time Grammy Winner Angelique Kidjo performs with the Bruckner Orchester Linz
Harris Theater new Resident Choreographer, Brian Brooks, performs with Wendy Whelan + Brooklyn Rider
Jessica Lang Dance returns with gorgeous new work The Wanderer
Five CMSLC performances + World Premiere of new HT commission for composer Jonathan Berger and soprano Julia Bullock

CHICAGO – The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to announce its thirteenth season of Harris Theater Presents performances spanning the farthest reaches of artistry, both from the United States, and globally. Bringing two Chicago Debuts for international companies, and presenting seven Chicago Premieres of new works, two Harris Theater commissions for Chicago-based dance companies, two World Premieres, and five performances from the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, the Harris is bringing the very best of what is being created in music and dance around the world straight to Chicago audiences. 

“Now that the Theater’s renovations and expansion are complete, the Imagine campaign has shifted its focus to furthering our artistic and programmatic excellence. This begins with the installment of our first ever Choreographer in Residence, Brian Brooks, creating a work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago next season,” said Harris Theater President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis. “This season is full of both emerging artists who are the future of their craft, and household names who embody everything we love most about the arts. With this season, we continue to explore and deepen our relationships with important companies at home, nationally, and internationally.”

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A full listing of the Harris Theater Presents 2016–17 music and dance performances are below:

Shanghai Jingju Theater Company The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan CHICAGO DEBUT

Wednesday, September 28 & Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:30PM

With Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Internationally renowned Shanghai Jingju Theater Company transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into one of China’s most impressive forms of traditional art, setting the story in the fictitious ancient Chinese state of the Red City. Here, as in Shakespeare’s classic, the prince becomes disillusioned after discovering his uncle has killed his father and seduced his mother. The stage presentation of this Peking Opera strictly follows the rules of Chinese dramatic aesthetics, famous for its succinct and meaningful depiction.

As a prominent art company in China, Shanghai Jingju Company, established in March 1955, is one of ten national key Peking opera troupes entitled by China Ministry of Culture. Zhou Xinfang, the first president, who was a famous Peking Opera master himself.

For more than half the century, fed by the special humanistic atmosphere, Shanghai Jingju Company has formed its unique art style and made itself a top culture troupe with a wealth of talents and numerous plays. Shanghai Jingju Company not only inherits and follows traditional spirits of Jingju but makes every effort possible to combine modernity and tradition with the mission of popularizing Jingju and developing larger performance markets. 

Peking Opera is a stylized Chinese form of opera dating from the late 18th century in which speech, singing, mime, and choreographed movement are performed to an instrumental accompaniment.

Danish Dance Theatre Black Diamond CHICAGO DEBUT 

Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7:30PM 

With Black Diamond, Tim Rushton explores a more conceptual and futuristic universe, where focus has been set on graphic aesthetics, scenes and geometrical forms. Black Diamond is a new creation by Tim Rushton, made for Danish Dance Theatre’s 13 international dancers. To the sounds of the violinist Alexander Balanescu, the beat king Trentemøller and the classic composer Philip Glass, small pockets of sound are created — from fragmented and noisy to tempo-filled electronic beats to lyrical and romantic tracks. 

The first act of Black Diamond consists of a massive diamond shaped background – black and uneven. Destruction rules here and the scenography gives thought to a harsh landscape of aggressive volcanoes, black ash and rock walls. Dressed in futuristic black coats and geometrical garb, Rushton creates a futuristic tale about the inherent duality of everything, where both the shadowy and the light side of man are explored psychologically, scenographically and thematically.

In the second act, the background changes from inky black to shining silver as the structure remains unchanged. In an organic and flowing idiom, hope is making its way out of the darkness. The dancers float across the stage in gauzy, balloon-formed creations, while small cracks of darkness try to break through the light.

Just as the music promises contrasting worlds, we also meet: the goddess of fate in an extravagant design construction, where she spins the thread of life, militaristic men in somber coats, faceless and pure bodies plus a petrified man in a skin colored costume of crystal.

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra CHICAGO PREMIERE

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:30PM 

Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie have been close friends since they were teenagers growing up in Macon, Georgia. Now, inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences, pop and contemporary music, McDuffie has commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills- one of the most prolific song-writer/composer/collaborators from the world of rock and pop. The concerto, with arrangements and additional music by David Mallamud, will feature McDuffie, performing the solo violin part, a four-member rock band, led by composer, Mills (bass and keyboard) along with two electric guitarists, and a drummer, who will perform with a string orchestra.

R.E.M. was formed in 1980, in Athens, Georgia, by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. gained early popular attention from its first single, “Radio Free Europe” ,in 1981. After three decades of record breaking CD sales, sold-out live performances in the largest rock venues in the world, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007), R.E.M amicably disbanded in 2011. Their legacy and fan base remains very strong, demonstrated by over 4.6 million Facebook fans.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Brian Brooks Commission WORLD PREMIERE RUN; HARRIS THEATER COMMISSION

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30PM 

This season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will see their debut in choreography by 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and current Choreographer in Residence of the Harris Theater, Brian Brooks. Hubbard Street is the first company to perform original work by Brooks as part of his inaugural residency. This world premiere is commissioned by the Harris Theater and made possible by the Jay Franke and David Herro Choreographer in Residence Fund through the Imagine campaign. 

Also featured during Hubbard Street’s Season 39 Fall Series, running November 17–20 at the Harris Theater, is the 15th world premiere for the company by its Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and two ensemble works by master dancemaker Ji?í Kylián: Sarabande and Falling Angels. Hubbard Street returns to the Harris Theater  in March, May, and June 2017 for its Season 39 Spring Series, Chicago Series, and Summer Series. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Joyce DiDonato In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music CHICAGO PREMIERE

Friday, December 9, 2016 7:30PM 

Joyce DiDonato, a singer the Financial Times said, “can do almost anything,” explores the dichotomy of discord and harmony in times of war, through her powerful interpretation of Baroque arias.  During the Baroque era, such vocal masters as Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Leo, Jommelli, and others expressed these striking contrasts in music of great power; now audiences will experience Ms. DiDonato’s interpretation. In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music will feature accompaniment by Il Pomo d’Oro.

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recent highlights in opera have included the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, for The Royal Opera and at the Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Alcina on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket and Marguerite La damnation de Faust with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

Batsheva Dance Company Last Work CHICAGO PREMIERE

Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30PM 

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. They bring with them the stunning Last Work, which The New York Times describes as, “…breathtaking for the extraordinary dancing by the Batsheva dancers, and the way Mr. Naharin can evoke states of pleasure, pain, madness and a kind of animality — a sheer state of being in the body — through his movement."

Batsheva Dance Company was founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser, a role that she held until 1975.  Ohad Naharin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990 and propelled the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. Mr. Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. Batsheva will be participating in a Gaga workshop for pre-professional dancers during their time in Chicago.

Bruckner Orchester Linz / Angelique Kidjo / Dennis Russell Davies CHICAGO PREMIERE

Friday, February 3, 2017, 7:30PM 

Two-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with twelve globally acclaimed albums. As a performer, Angélique Kidjo’s striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across universal borders.

The Bruckner Orchester Linz looks back on more than two hundred years of history and tradition, and over the past few decades it has become one of Central Europe’s leading orchestras. With 130 musicians, The Bruckner Orchester Linz fulfils a number of prominent tasks, including participation in the Bruckner Festival, the Ars Electronica Festival, the Linzer Klangwolke and 170 opera and ballet performances in the Linz opera as well as it´s own concert series at the famous Musikverein Vienna. In the last few decades the Orchestra has earned an outstanding reputation for itself both in Austria and abroad. 

In 2002 Dennis Russell Davies became the Chief Conductor of the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Opera Director of the Landestheater Linz. He and the orchestra have extended their devotion to Bruckner’s music to include a wide range of international composers with a significant focus on new works. Highly respected in the US, Maestro Davies has returned to his country to conduct performances with the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland. He is a frequent guest conductor with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Filarmonica della Scala Milano and the Münchner Philharmoniker


Gershwin Porgy & Bess (Suite-arr. Morton Gould)

Zemlinsky Symphonische Gesänge op. 20 Baritone and Orchestra 

"Africa Sings” (songs after poems by Langston Hughes)

Baritone – Martin Achrainer

Philip Glass Ifé, Three Yorùbá Songs

Vocalist – Angelique Kidjo

Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider Some of a Thousand Words CHICAGO PREMIERE

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30PM 

Wendy Whelan, past principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and Brian Brooks, the Harris Theater’s newly instated Choreographer in Residence, will create a second project together with new solos and duets, full of elegance and electricity, entitled Some of a Thousand Words. This singular performance is amplified by the remarkable, live musical stylings of string quartet Brooklyn Rider, hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Greg Cahill, Strings Magazine). 

Whelan and Brooks will be collaborating closely with Brooklyn Rider in the holistic process of creative conception. Inasmuch, this second project will bring music to the foreground as a dynamic and central creative component, both shaping and being shaped by the evolution of the choreography designed by Brooks. Emphasizing the agency of the music in relation to the dance, the project will use existing music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn and a new composition from Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

Some of a Thousand Words follows up Whelan and Brooks’ first endeavor, Restless Creature, co-produced by The Joyce Theater in 2013. Described as “luminous” and a “tour de force” in the Boston Globe and “instantly intimate” in the Chicago Tribune, the work bears testament to the personal friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry which emerged from this collaboration.

Visceral Dance New work, to be announced HARRIS THEATER COMMISSION

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30PM 

The Harris Theater will commission a new work choreographed by Nick Pupillo for Visceral Dance. Details forthcoming.

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement. In less than three years, the company has developed a diverse and respected repertoire. With works by distinguished choreographers Sidra Bell, Mónica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, Robyn Mineko Williams, Banning Bouldin, Harrison McEldowney, Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, and Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago continues to challenge audiences’ expectations. In January of 2015, Visceral Dance Chicago was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, recognizing the company’s accomplishments and potential in the national community. “Visceral Dance Chicago breathes life into the Chicago arts community with their ability to intertwine complex human emotions with the raw beauty of dance and physical movement." (Chicago Stage Standard)

Visceral Dance Chicago will perform in five  engagements at the Harris Theater during the 16-17 season, including SPRINGFOUR which include a work by Canadian-based choreographer Mark Godden as well as a new work by Pupillo, commissioned by the Harris Theater itself. In an “expertly devised and stylish” (Chicago Tribune) repertoire, Visceral Dance Chicago distinguishes its unique position in the Chicago, national, and international dance communities; "...the buzz about this troupe is more than justified” (Chicago Sun-Times)

This commission was made possible by the Pamela Crutchfield Dance Fund of the Imagine Campaign.

Jessica Lang Dance The Wanderer CHICAGO PREMIERE

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:30PM 

After last season’s world premiere of Tesseracts of Time, commissioned by the Harris Theater and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, prolific choreographer Jessica Lang creates a wondrous, romantic world in “The Wanderer.” This contemporary story ballet features sweeping choreography, imaginative set design, and beautiful dancing set to Franz Schubert’s moving operatic song cycle, “Die schöne Müllerin,” performed live.

Hailed “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, the Bessie Award winning Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work. Lang challenges the collaborative process and excels in her unconventional collaborations.


2016-17 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center The Emerson at Forty 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30PM 

This concert tribute to the incomparable Emerson String Quartet, on the occasion of the ensemble’s 40th anniversary season, will live long in the memories of listeners. The Emerson celebrates with a selection of repertoire that has earned the quartet its unrivalled nine Grammy Awards, delighted quartet aficionados the world over, and cemented its reputation as one of the greatest chamber ensembles of all time.


Beethoven Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810-11)

Bartók Quartet No. 4 for Strings, BB 95 (1928)

Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 20 (1825)


Emerson String Quartet • Eugene Drucker, volin • Philip Setzer, violin • Lawrence Dutton, viola • Paul Watkins, cello • Calidore String Quartet • Jeffrey Myers, violin • Ryan Meehan, violin • Jeremy Berry, viola • Estelle Choi, cello 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Brandenburg Concertos

Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:30PM 

CMS’s annual performances of Bach’s “Six Concertos for Various Instruments” have become an essential component of the holiday season for listeners of all ages and musical experience. Perhaps no other secular music unfailingly provides such spiritual fulfilment for music lovers of all faiths and beliefs, inspiring strength at year’s end and a vision of the brightest future. Bach’s addictive melodic ideas, his consummate contrapuntal technique, and instrumental ingenuity combine in perfect harmony for works that have gained true musical immortality.


Bach The Complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1050 (1720)


Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord • Kristin Lee, violin • Sean Lee, violin • Arnaud Sussmann, violin • Daniel Phillips, violin • Che-Yen Chen, viola • Paul Neubauer, viola • Dmitri Atapine, cello • Timothy Eddy, cello • Keith Robinson, cello • Scott Pingel, double bass • Sooyun Kim, flute • Tara Helen O’Connor, flute • Randall Ellis, oboe • James Austin Smith, oboe • Stephen Taylor, oboe • Peter Kolkay, bassoon • Eric Reed, horn • Stewart Rose, horn • David Washburn, trumpet

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Mendelssohn on Fire

Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:30PM 

Mendelssohn’s dazzling first trio raised the bar of excitement for all piano trios to come. Before listeners rise to their feet at the finale’s conclusion, they’ll be left breathless by Schubert’s and Mendelssohn’s turbulent string quartets. Mozart’s sublimely meditative Adagio briefly breaks this program’s whirlwind pace before the fleet-fingered Mendelssohn has the final word.


Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor for Strings, D. 703 (1820)

Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor for Strings, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)

Mozart Adagio in B minor for Piano, K. 540 (1788)

Mendelssohn Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 49 (1839)


Jeffrey Kahane, piano • Arnaud Sussmann, violin • David Finckel, cello • Escher String Quartet • Adam Barnett-Hart, violin • Aaron Boyd, violin • Pierre Lapointe, viola • Brook Speltz, cello 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Love Sonnets WORLD PREMIERE; HARRIS THEATER COMMISSION

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30PM 

From César Franck’s musical wedding gift for Eugène Ysaÿe to Ravel’s romantic Greek melodies, love and courtship take center stage in this delightful program. A collection of Petrarch’s timeless love sonnets will be brought to electrifying life in a new work of composer and recent Guggenheim Fellowship and Rome Prize recipient, Jonathan Berger, while Mendelssohn’s Trio for piano, violin, and cello quartet will bring the evening to a thrilling conclusion.

Julia Bullock has been hailed as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano… poised for a significant career.” (The New York Times)  Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, she has captivated audiences with her versatile artistry and commanding stage presence.


Franck Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano (1886)

Ravel Cinq mélodies populaires grecques for Voice and Piano (1904-06)

Berger New Work for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano

Mendelssohn Trio No. 2 in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 66 (1845)


Julia Bullock, soprano • Michael Brown, piano • Wu Han, piano • Arnaud Sussmann, violin • Daniel Müller-Schott, cello

Co-commissioned by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, funded by the Laura and Ricardo Rosenkranz Artistic Innovation Fund through the Imagine campaign.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Parisian Tableau

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:30PM 

This season’s final concert offers a tantalizing French music tasting menu of works that bridge France’s golden Baroque era with its flamboyant modern age. With flair, allure, and stunning virtuosity, this program captures the magic of France through the ages, with music that delights and amazes.


Leclair Concerto in E minor for Violin, String Quartet, and Continuo, Op. 10, No. 5 (1745) 

Françaix Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1933) 

Ravel Tzigane, rapsodie de concert for Violin and Piano (1924) 

Chausson Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 (1889-91)


Wu Han, piano • Kristin Lee, violin • Yura Lee, violin • Arnaud Sussmann, violin • Richard O’Neill, viola • Nicholas Canellakis, cello

••• All programs, prices, and dates are subject to change •••


The Northern Trust Company is the Harris Theater’s 2016–2017 season sponsor. United Airlines is the official airline of the Harris Theater. The Theater gratefully acknowledges the Irving Harris Foundation for its leadership support of the Presenting Fund. All performances take place on The Elizabeth Morse Genius Stage at the Harris Theater. 

About Harris Theater for Music and Dance 

The Harris Theater’s primary mission is to partner with an array of Chicago’s music and dance performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability. The Harris Theater’s original group of 12 resident companies has grown to include 35 diverse organizations. Through these partnerships, the Theater has earned national recognition as a distinctive model for collaboration, performance, and artistic advancement.

Opened on November 8, 2003, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the Chicago downtown area since 1929. Today the Theater continues to host the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, featuring the city’s world-renowned music and dance institutions and the Harris Theater Presents series of acclaimed national and international artists and ensembles.

Imagine: The Campaign for Harris Theater, is a $38.8M comprehensive fundraising effort supporting the Theater’s multifaceted mission. The campaign ensures the continued growth and artistic development of the Harris Theater over the next 10 years. 

The Imagine campaign is led by four transformational gifts: from The Irving Harris Foundation, Joan W. Harris; Alexandra and John Nichols; Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, Abby McCormick O’Neil and D. Carroll Joynes; Caryn and King Harris, The Harris Family Foundation. Additional leadership gifts supporting programmatic and capital projects have been generously funded by Jay Franke and David Herro, The Crown Family, Jack and Sandra Guthman, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Neisser Family Foundation, The Northern Trust Company, Zell Family Foundation, Laura and Ricardo Rosenkranz, Christine and Glenn Kelly, Jim and Kay Mabie, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Marilyn and David J. Vitale. 

 The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust are the lead underwriters of fundraising for Imagine: The Campaign for Harris Theater.

The Harris Theater maintains a commitment to engaging Chicago residents of all ages and communities. Programs like the popular Eat to the Beat and Exelon Family Series advance access to, and understanding of, the performing arts. The Theater partners with health and human service agencies, K-12 schools, and community arts organizations, providing more than 8,800 underwritten performance tickets through the Access Tickets Program since 2009. The Theater also connects gifted young artists and students to presented artists through master classes, artist talks, and other enrichment activities. 

To learn more about the Harris Theater, please visit HarrisTheaterChicago.org. Call the Box Office at 312.334.7777 to request a brochure or additional information. 

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harris theater launches ada25 celebration

The Harris Theater is humbled to open their 2015-16 season with AXIS Dance, the premiere physically integrated dance company consisting of artists with and without disabilities. Not only is this the first performance of the new season, but this company will kick off both the new MIX at SIX series and the popular Exelon Family Series with performances on Thursday, October 8 at 6PM and Saturday, October 10 at 2PM, respectively.

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12 Performances and 6 Companies Bring Dance to the Harris Theater in 2015-16

President and Managing Director of The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Michael Tiknis, announced today the dance performances for the 2015–16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date.  The Harris Theater is proud to have the support of The Northern Trust Company as its 2015–2016 season sponsor.

“For the 2015-16 season, the Harris continues to set a high level of artistic excellence with performances by some of the leading companies in the world. Through our commissioning program which is part of the ongoing Imagine campaign, the Harris nurtures and celebrates local and national creativity. We are so pleased to be able to host an outstanding group of dance artists during a season which will also highlight the extensive renovations that have occurred to the Harris Theater building,” said Tiknis.

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Harris Theater Commissions, a World Premiere, and Iconic Collaborations Underscore This Historic Season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance today announced the music performances for the 2015–2016 Harris Theater Presents season, one of the most ambitious music offerings in the Theater’s history, featuring two Harris Theater commissioned works, a world premiere, and several Harris debuts. 

The 2015–2016 music season will include the world premiere of the Harris commissioned operatic monodrama My Lai, composed by Jonathan Berger and performed by the Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ; the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of conductor Itzhak Perlman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell; and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, who also will perform on violin.

The Harris is proud to present the Chicago debut of the Carnegie Hall and Harris Theater co-commissioned work …Of Love And Longing composed by Richard Danielpour for classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Gil Shaham with The Knights, tenor Javier Camarena, and the Chicago Children’s Choir and Sphinx Virtuosi’s second holiday performance completes the impressive lineup of this monumental season.

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Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, today unveiled Beyond the Aria, a new performance series produced by Harris Theater in a unique first-time association with Lyric Unlimited, on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park.

Four performances—October 21, November 10, January 14, and March 10 (details below)—will feature internationally celebrated opera singers alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the eminent artist-development program. The artists will perform a repertoire of their choosing, which may include Broadway, American Songbook, Jazz, and more, with accompaniment by pianist Craig Terry.

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HARRIS THEATER 2014–2015 music SEASON: LET IT MOVE YOU: highlights include the Historic North American Debut of Teatro Regio Torino, Led by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, in a Concert Production of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell, the Chicago Solo Recital Debut of Israeli Pianist Inon Barnatan, and Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet in a Chicago Premiere

The 2014–2015 music season at the Harris will include historic premieres from two international ensembles: the tour launch and North American debut of Italian opera house Teatro Regio Torino of Turin, Italy, led by Music Director Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, in a concert production of Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed opera William Tell—marking the first time an Italian opera house will tour an opera in concert form in North America; and direct from Mexico City, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico) with Maestro Enrique Bátiz, co-presented by the Harris Theater and the National Museum of Mexican Art, performing a unique Spanish festival program celebrating Latino heritage in their Chicago debut.

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HARRIS THEATER 2014–2015 DANCE SEASON: LET IT MOVE YOU: International Debuts, Chicago Premieres, and Free Outdoor Simulcasts Highlight the Best of Dance Landmark Chicago Debut of Scottish Ballet Concludes 2014–2015 Dance Season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance unveiled the world-class dance performances of its 2014–2015 season—a sublime lineup of Chicago debuts and Harris Theater premieres from four national and international sensations, all presented as part of the acclaimed Harris Theater Presents series.The Theater’s second decade of dance features two companies entirely new to Chicago audiences, elevating the city’s status as a premier touring destination for performing artists from around the world: the Chicago debut of Scottish Ballet in the company’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire and the Chicago debut of the Beijing Dance Theater, widely recognized as China’s leading contemporary dance ensemble.

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Teatro regio torino to launch first-ever north american tour with debut performance at harris theater

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance today confirmed that a major event of the 2014-2015 Harris Theater Presents season will be the North American debut performance of the Turin, Italy-based Teatro Regio Torino orchestra and chorus, under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Teatro Regio Torino will open its first-ever North American tour at the Harris Theater on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7PM with a historic, one-night-only concert performance of Gioachino Rossini’s opera William Tell. Teatro Regio Torino’s four-stop tour—with performances in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Toronto, and New York’s Carnegie Hall—also marks the first time an Italian opera house will tour an opera in concert form in North America. The December 3 production will feature soprano Angela Meade as Matilde, tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and baritone Fabio Capitanucci in the title role of Guglielmo Tell. Century old high jewelry house Buccellati, which recently opened a boutique on Oak Street, will be one of the sponsors for the debut performance at the Harris Theater. North American tour sponsors include Eataly, Lavazza and Del Cambio, a legendary Torino restaurant. Special events are being planned around this historic performance.

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the music institute of chicago revels in chamber music classics and contemporary favorites during eat to the beat at harris theater

The Music Institute of Chicago, one of 35 resident companies of the Harris Theater, performs in the third Eat to the Beat performance of the 2013-2014 season, Wednesday, April 23 at 12PM. The Theater’s popular noontime lunch hour welcomes the city’s best food trucks, providing 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.

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Music institute of chicago laureates to perform at renowned jacob’s pillow dance festival with trey mcintyre project

This summer the Music Institute of Chicago’s prestigious Trio Solaris, comprised of the Institute’s top Fellow Laureates, will travel to the internationally renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, to perform live alongside Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) in The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a Harris Theater–commissioned work. Trey McIntyre Project will present its final six performances at Jacob’s Pillow, June 25–June 29, in a program that will include The Vinegar Works and Mercury Half-Life, a ballet set entirely to the music of rock band Queen. Thanks to the generous support of a Harris Theater benefactor, all travel-related costs for the members of Trio Solaris will be covered during the trip.

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Ballet preljocaj’s sensually provocative snow white to make its chicago debut at harris theater, may 2-4

France’s leading contemporary dance ensemble, Ballet Preljocaj, based in Aix-en-Provence, will perform the Chicago debut of the company’s mercurial Snow White, a modern take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, choreographed by company Artistic Director and Bessie Award-winner Angelin Preljocaj with costumes by legendary Haute Couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Performance dates for this limited engagement are Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30PM and Sunday, May 4 at 2PM at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The Harris Theater is one of only three venues that will present Snow White during the company’s U.S. tour, which will also include performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center.

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superstar duo david finckel and wu han conclude the chamber music society of lincoln center’s 2013-2014 chicago performance series with the beethoven cello sonatas, april 29 at harris theater

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s esteemed Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano), Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, will perform all five of Beethoven’s much-beloved Cello Sonatas on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30PM, the final Chamber Music Society (CMS) performance of the 2013-2014 Michael Hill series at the Harris Theater.

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trey mcintyre project brings the harris-commissioned chicago debut of its last work as a company, the vinegar works: four dances of moral instruction, in collaboration with the music institute of chicago

In one of its final performances as a full-time dance company, the Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will present the Harris Theater–commissioned Chicago premiere of The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction. The performance on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30PM will include live musical accompaniment from the young stars of the Music Institute of Chicago. This exciting work, organized and led by the Harris Theater, pairs one of the city’s finest cultural institutions with one of the country’s foremost contemporary dance ensembles. The commission centers on the Theater’s mission to collaborate with, and present, Chicago’s midsize and emerging arts organizations in innovative ways.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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harris theater to remain closed through march 6 for electrical repairs

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.

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HAMBURG BALLET Artistic director and chief choreographer john neumeier speaks on cancellation

Internationally-acclaimed and Milwaukee-born choreographer John Neumeier speaks on the subsequent cancellation of Wednesday and Thursday night’s presentation of Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler.

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Hamburg Ballet Presentation of third symphony of gustav mahler cancelled due to electrical fire

Today and tomorrow’s performances of the Hamburg Ballet’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler have been cancelled due to an electrical fire that caused damage to the Harris Theater’s operational and mechanical equipment earlier this afternoon. The illustrious company was scheduled to perform Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier’s iconic ballet tonight, February 19, and tomorrow, February 20 at 7:30PM. Harris Theater ticket holders will be contacted by a Harris Theater Box Office representative as a result of the cancellation.

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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.

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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.

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Due to the sudden death of guest vocalist Alexei Mochalov’s wife, the Friday, February 7 program of Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica at the Harris Theater has been changed. Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Concertino, Op.42 and Benjamin Britten’s Young Apollo, Op.16 replaces the previously scheduled Antiformalist Rayok by Dmitri Shostakovich and Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10. With the addition of Concertino, Op.42, audience members will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear two works featuring violinist Gidon Kremer. Kremer also leads Kremerata Baltica in Weinberg’s Symphony No.10 for strings, Op.98, appearing onstage in three of the evening’s four works. 

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San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet, led by visionary Founder and Artistic Director Alonzo King, will present two alternate programs at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, one on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30PM and the other on Friday, February 28 at 7:30PM, featuring two of the company’s newest interdisciplinary collaborations: The Thursday night performance welcomes acclaimed Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani in her Chicago debut, and Friday night highlights an original score performed live by Grammy Award–winning double bassist Edgar Meyer in a Chicago premiere. The Harris Theater presentation of Alonzo King LINES Ballet is made possible thanks to generous support from The PrivateBank, Opening Night sponsor.

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Following the Chicago debut of Neumeier’s critically acclaimed Nijinsky last season, the world-renowned ensemble makes a triumphant return to the city with another Neumeier classic. In Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler—described by dance critic Clive Barnes as “a work of genius” (New York Post)—the Milwaukee-born choreographer takes inspiration from Mahler’s captivating Third Symphony (the longest of Mahler’s nine symphonies), translating the imagery into a momentous six-movement ballet that conjures themes of creation, death, and existence, among others. The Hamburg Ballet will make its second appearance at the Harris in as many years, a special return as part of season 10. The Harris Theater is the only American venue that will present Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler during the company’s U.S. visit in 2014.

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HARRIS THEATER celebrates inaugural eat (and drink) to the beat with eclectic program from danceworks chicago

Eat (and Drink) to the Beat–a spinoff of the Theater’s popular Eat to the Beat series–with a special “Appy Hour” prior to a performance from the award-winning ensemble DanceWorks Chicago (DWC). Some of the city’s hippest food trucks will be on site to provide audience members with a variety of “apps” and food options. For the first time, the Theater will offer specialty cocktails and wine beverages to pair with food for a relaxing, post-work social gathering catered toward young business professionals of Chicago’s downtown area.

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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.

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the chamber music society of lincoln center returns to 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.

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harris theater family series returns with loíza in chicago  

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.

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Harris theater announces $38.8 million imagine campaign

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, now celebrating its milestone 10th season, announces Imagine: The Campaign for Harris Theater, a comprehensive fundraising effort supporting the Theater’s multifaceted mission. The campaign ensures the continued growth and artistic development of the Harris Theater over the next 10 years. dramatically accelerate audience access.

Commitments from Harris Board of Trustees exceed $20 million to date. Campaign will include building renovation with additional new lobby elevators to dramatically accelerate audience access.

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Hailing from Lisbon, Portugal, the three-time GRAMMY-nominated singer is celebrated as one of Fado music’s biggest stars. Fado – known for its rich, soulful vocals – originated in Portugal in the early 19th century. Boasting a low, mesmerizing alto “as commanding as any pop singer today” (Rolling Stone), Mariza has been described as “the Diva of World Music” by the Guardian and is a three-time BBC Award winner for Best European Artist. She has sold more than 1 million records worldwide and has performed at the Paris Olympia, the Frankfurt Opera, the London Royal Festival Hall, the Amsterdam Le Carré, the Barcelona Palau de la Música, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where she had a stage setting especially designed for her by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Fado sensation and Latin GRAMMY Award winner
Mariza performs at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm, part of her 2013 self-titled world tour covering North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This marks Mariza’s second visit to the Harris Theater since her debut in 2007, and just one of two Midwest stops during her tour in the U.S.

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Mexican songstress Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernandez inaugurate student mariachi music program in Chicago with benefit concert

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.

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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.

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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.

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The sphinx virtuosi returns to the harris theater with acclaimed mezzo-soprano denyce graves

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.”

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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.

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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.

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The Harris Theater Presents The Seldoms in a Special Eat to the Beat Lunchtime Performance May 1 at 12 p.m., all tickets $5; visits by popular food trucks 

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.

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John Waters’ This Filthy World makes its harris Theater premiere May 7, 2013; special post-performance benefit reception with john waters on stage

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.  

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Harris Theater Celebrates Upcoming 10th Anniversary Early with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago + Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Chicago Premiere of AZIMUTH March 14 – 17, 2013

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.

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Chicago Opera Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Philip Glass at the Harris Theater February 23, 24, 27 and March 1

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.

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Share the Love this Valentine’s Day at the Harris Theater Featuring DanceWorks Chicago in a Special Lunchtime Performance February 14 at 12 p.m., all tickets $5 & visits by Food Trucks

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.

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Celebrate Black History Month at the Harris Theater with Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago on February 9

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.

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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.

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