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HARRIS THEATER 2015–2016 SEE THE DANCE SEASON
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.
HARRIS THEATER 2015–2016 HEAR THE MUSIC SEASON
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.
HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE PRODUCES NEW BEYOND THE ARIA SERIES IN ASSOCIATION WITH LYRIC UNLIMITED
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.