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"Harris Theater a major player for 2015-16 dance season"
-Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune (May 2015)
"In addition to serving as downtown base for Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and the CSO’s MusicNOW programs, the Harris Theater has been lately extending its classical reach. This season Harris began presenting vocal recitals with Lyric Opera stars in the “Beyond the Aria” series. And last December the venue presented one of the top events of 2014, Rossini’s William Tell with Gianandrea Noseda leading the Teatro Regio Torino."
-Lawrence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review (May 2015)
"The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has come up with a glittering lineup of international, national and Chicago-based dance companies for its 2015-2016 season."
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (May 2015)
"A stripped-down, love-it-or-hate-it design and excellent acoustics and sight lines are the Harris Theater’s claims to fame."
-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago (February 2015)
Best venue for dance
-Chicago Reader (June 2014, 2013, 2012)
It was Paris Opera Ballet, though, that made the city’s future feel auspicious. The Parisians brought a classic in Giselle, while the Harris and Millennium Park offered the first-time visitors to the masses by putting them on the big screen at the Pritzker Pavilion, marking the country’s first outdoor simulcast of an international ballet company. We look forward to Paris Opera’s next visit—and hopefully more public simulcasts, Parisian or otherwise.
-Matthew de la Pena, Time Out Chicago (December 2012)
"…a fabulous dance space"
–The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago (May 2011)
"Harris has been able to present many exciting national and international acts that otherwise go unheard and unseen in Chicago."
–Dennis Polkow, New City (March 2009)
"At age 5, the Millennium Park venue has become a pivotal part of
Chicago’s cultural landscape with a slate of programming to rival any
single-venue arts center in the nation"
–Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (November 2008)
"…the only major Chicago arts building with a long-term commitment to
equal partnerships is the Harris Theater for Music and Dance…In tough
economic times, that’s a model worthy of wider replication."
–Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (September 2008)
"Add in the sleek contemporary space of the Harris Theater for Music and
Dance, and classical music gets a complete image makeover."
–Bryant Manning, Chicago Sun-Times (January 2008)
"The Harris Theater’s crystalline acoustics and superlative sightlines, however, allowed the concert to soar."
–Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times (October 2007)
"Since opening in 2003, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance has
proved itself an effective showcase for all kinds of music, from
classical to Baroque."
–Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times (October 2007)
"…the engagement nevertheless marks another significant achievement for
the Harris, emerging as a major programming force here as well as a home
for local companies."
–Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune (May 2007)
"a first rate experience in terms of sightlines and acoustics."
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (June 2004)
–Andrew Patner, Financial Times (May 2004)
"…the Harris puts Chicago ahead [of New York] as a venue for dance."
Also: "…what you get is far more than what you see. For one thing,
dancer’s feet are made happy by the $35,000 dance floor. For another,
the steeply pitched parterre seats of the 1,524-seat theater afford
great views of those feet…And the acoustics (designed by Mark Holden of
Jaffee Holden Acoustics) so far seem to be fine for the music groups…."
–Joel Henning, Wall Street Journal (April 2004)
"…the new theater has an excellent acoustic particularly suited to the clear and direct sound favoured by Glover."
–Andrew Patner, Financial Times (February 2004)
"With its clear and giving acoustics, the hall is a splendid, intimate place for opera."
–John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (February 2004)
"Harris’ acoustics…gave the music a distinctive glow. Sound seemed to
be lovingly handled, turning neither sharp nor muted as it traveled
unimpeded from the stage to the ear." and "…the theater does envelop
the audience in an intimate cocoon…"
–Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times (January 2004)
"In the acoustically fine new Harris Theater." and “voices blossoming
in the clear, lively space” also: “Chic and understated, it is one of
the city’s most handsome settings for chamber music” and "(the music)
vaulted through the large theater with remarkable clarity and
directness. Heard from the first few rows, solo instruments stood out
in sharp relief. But the acoustics offered just enough reverberation to
give the performance juicy depth."
–Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times (December 2003)
John von Rhein wrote that the acoustics “give clarity and presence to
music” and “such is the sonic intimacy of the 1,524-seat hall that you
feel you’re part of the music” also: “The sound cut through the hall
like a gleaming knife. It closely matches the visual impact of
architect Thomas Beeby’s stark subterranean creation: bright, clean,
–John von Rhein Chicago Tribune (November 2003)
"…a terrific stage for dance"
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (November 2003)
"…the Harris Theater’s size, seating capacity, location, high tech facilities and modern acoustics will enable (the performing arts companies) to produce their best work."
–John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (November 2003)