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Sphinx Virtuosi featuring Denyce Graves
October 1, 2013
Sphinx Virtuosi returns to Chicago with its alumni ensemble of young, award-winning African American and Latino string musicians. Vocal star mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will join the Sphinx musicians in a singular program including works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Bach, Vivaldi, and Piazzolla.
Les Violons du Roy with Stephanie Blythe
October 17, 2013
Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe joins with the highly acclaimed Canadian chamber music ensemble Les Violons du Roy in a program of selections by Gluck and Handel. Les Violons du Roy, led by Music Director Bernard Labadie, specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. This engagement marks Les Violons du Roy’s third visit to the Harris.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony
October 19, 2013
World premiere of a Harris Theater-commissioned work from Netia Jones with
violinists from Music Institute of Chicago and soloists from Chicago Opera Theater
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is comprised of the country’s most promising young classical musicians. Its acclaimed Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, will conduct the orchestra in an evocative work by Italian composer Niccolò Castiglioni –Inverno In-ver – for which noted director, designer and video artist Netia Jones will create a one-of-a-kind video/visual installation. She is best known for her production of Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s book. Jones’ work will be co-commissioned by the Harris Theater and the New World Symphony. The Italian-themed concert will open with a selection of violin duets by Luciano Berio that will pair NWS violinists with musicians from Music Institute of Chicago. The performance will conclude with Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella featuring soloists from Chicago Opera Theater.
October 23, 2013
Hailing from Portugal, Mariza has dazzled the world with her unique interpretation of Fado – the traditional Portuguese music style considered by UNESCO as World Intangible Cultural Heritage. Three-time Grammy®-nominated Mariza returns to the Harris with a new program, which includes songs that cross all her recordings and that speak directly from her heart and soul. The concert will feature songs never performed before in front of a live audience, side by side with Mariza’s favorite songs from other artists that have made a huge impact in her life over the years.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Michael Hill Series
December 18, 2013
Celebrate the holidays with the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos. Called a “New York holiday staple” by The New York Times, this festive performance is not to be missed. The concert features Joseph Lin, member of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet and winner of the First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. The New York Times has lauded Lin as “a sensitive, passionate player with a glowing tone” and described his sound as “warm, flexible and perfectly centered.”
“When we heard the Harris Theater was looking for a special way to commemorate its 10th anniversary, we couldn’t think of anything more celebratory than sharing CMS’ annual tradition of performing all of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on one program with our Chicago audience,” said CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. “These six concerti contain some of the most colorful and festive music in the repertoire, and we are thrilled to bring them to Chicago.”
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1720)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in _ major, BWV 1050 (1720)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1720)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (1720)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 (1720)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)
PEDJA MUZIJEVIC, Harpsichord
JORJA FLEEZANIS, Violin
JOSEPH LIN, Violin
ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY, Violin
DANIEL PHILLIPS, Violin/Viola
PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola
CYNTHIA PHELPS, Viola
DANIEL MCDONOUGH, Cello
LI-WEI QIN, Cello
FRED SHERRY, Cello
KURT MUROKI, Double Bass
TARA HELEN O’CONNOR, Flute
RANSOM WILSON, Flute
RANDALL ELLIS, Oboe
JAMES AUSTIN SMITH, Oboe
STEPHEN TAYLOR, Oboe
PETER KOLKAY, Bassoon
JULIA PILANT, Horn
STEWART ROSE, Horn
DAVID WASHBURN, Trumpet
Savion Glover’s STePz
January 24, 2014
Under the direction of Savion Glover, Savion Glover’s STePz is an exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance. Glover and his ensemble of dancers take tap dance to new heights while fusing traditional music selections of the past with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy of the future. This production of Savion Glover’s STePz exposes Glover’s capability of all complexities of jazz phrasing, both bass line and melody, the wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return.
Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica
February 7, 2014
Renowned violinist Gidon Kremer formed the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, consisting of young musicians from the Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). The ensemble has gained a reputation for its high artistic quality as a result of the exceptional talent of the individual musicians and Kremer’s innovative approach to repertoire. This program features the opportunity to hear Kremer as a solo violinist in pieces by Weinberg and Shostakovich. Kremer serves as the orchestra’s artistic director and violinist. His belief that music can overcome all barriers of language and culture has been brought to life with Kremerata Baltica.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet with special guest Edgar Meyer
February 27 and 28, 2014
Alonzo King LINES Ballet helped the Harris Theater launch its 10th season early when the company, along with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, gave the Chicago debut of the Harris-commissioned AZIMUTH this past March. The company’s second visit features two special programs selected by the company’s founder and choreographer: Constellation, King’s ground-breaking collaboration with artist Jim Campbell will include a live performance by Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Layhani; and a new piece with renowned double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.
Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature
March 20, 2014
New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan embarks on a new dance adventure with four male choreographers. Whelan, together with her collaborators, will present Restless Creature, an evening of four duets created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. (Cerrudo is Resident Choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.) Restless Creature will receive its world premiere in August 2013 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Trey McIntyre Project featuring Music Institute of Chicago
April 3, 2014
World Premiere of Harris-commissioned work
Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) returns to Chicago following its successful 2012 Harris Theater debut with a new commissioned work, in which the talented musicians from the Music Institute of Chicago will perform live. TMP annually tours the world performing McIntyre’s “fresh and forward thinking choreography” – The New York Times, and is known for creating a new era of American contemporary dance that the Harris is excited to present in Chicago.
Ballet Preljocaj: Blanche Neige (Snow White)
May 2-4, 2014
Angelin Preljocaj’s French dance company from Provence gives its own contemporary take on Blanche Neige (Snow White). Based on the Grimm Brothers’ original fairy tale, this full-length story ballet choreographed by Preljocaj features costumes by legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier. For this ballet, an inspired Gaultier created costumes that are devilishly sexy, including brief nudity, and designs of warrior inspiration that are worth the journey in themselves. Magical sets are by Thierry Leproust and the music is a selection of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. In Blanche Neige, the characters’ bodies transcend through Preljocaj’s signature choreography to demonstrate space, energy, and ultimately feelings, using inventive gestures, clever substitution, and acrobatic wall climbing. The company’s American tour includes stops at New York City’s Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center. Note: The Friday and Saturday performances will include brief nudity. Sunday’s matinee performance will be performed without nudity.
May 28, 2014
Back for a fifth year is the Harris Theater’s exciting “Eat to the Beat Series” – bringing the best and brightest performances for lunchtime. You can buy your lunch from some of Chicago’s best and most eclectic food trucks or bring your own bag lunch.
The Chicago Academy for the Arts’ Repertory Dance Company is honored to return to the Harris stage to showcase the professional training dancers receive under Artistic Director Randy Duncan. The Academy is Chicagoland’s independent conservatory prep high school where aspiring scholar-artists master tools for critical thought and authentic creative expression.