Join CCT for this highly interactive show featuring acts from their favorite musicians and vocalists. Sing and dance along to universal favorites and underground hits in a festival atmosphere complete with food vendors and oodles of bubbles. This fast-paced, hour-long celebration is all about family fun, local artists, and generating as much joy as their parking-lot can hold!
The Utopian Performance Tour is an in-person event where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition of video installations and small, live works. This collection of artistic experiences was inspired by the theme of the 2021 Pivot Arts Festival, Reimagining Utopia.
A program of triumphant music by American composers, featuring musicians from the CSO brass and percussion sections, heralds the return of live concerts at Symphony Center. Works by Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber paint the sounds of traditional fanfare and chorale with modernist colors, and themes by Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein and Gunther Schuller reflect the electric influence of jazz and film music.
Engage with questions of unconditional love and human nature through this visualization of a trans woman’s nightmare during an isolating global pandemic. She saddens about the fragile state of humanity, but daymares a better world.
Franz Schubert’s sunny and tuneful Fifth Symphony anchors a program led by former CSO Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima that includes two of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Noveletten, which feature expansive melodies propelled by rhythmic energy. Zoltán Kodály pays homage to the folk music of his native Hungary in Dances of Galánta, while Strum, by incoming Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery, draws folkish timbres from the familiar classical string orchestra.
In the final in-person concert of the CSO 2020/21 season, celebrated conductor Edo de Waart leads a program that offers a prelude to live music in the season ahead. Wagner’s sun-soaked Siegfried Idyll, first performed as a birthday gift for his wife Cosima, is a poignant musical love letter that sheds light on the composer’s intimate side. Two works by Mozart — the stormy overture to Don Giovanni and the indelible Symphony No. 40 — bookend this spirited program.
Porchlight’s popular and fun New Faces Sing Broadway series makes its North Shore Center debut with New Faces Sing Broadway 1979. Join host Alexis J Roston and the New Faces, a cast made up of the next generation of talent, as they take you on a musical journey in 90 minutes from the start to the finish of the 1979 Broadway season with songs, trivia, sing-alongs and more.
Join in for a performance filled with beloved hits from the 50s and 60s. This flashback performance features the songs made famous by iconic names like Buddy Holly, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Temptations, Elvis, and many others. This concert is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
One of Shakespeare’s hysterical comedies! Egeon travels to Ephesus with his son Antipholus and servant, Dromio. Antipholus learns that he has a twin brother, separated from him at birth and assumed lost at sea during a shipwreck in his infanthood. The other set of twins, also named Antipholus and Dromio, live in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of hilarious incidents of mistaken identity.
The renowned Puerto Rican actress and comedian, Marian Pabón, returns to Chicago, for the U.S. Premiere of her stand up comedy, Sola en la Pandemia está Cañón, directed and produced by Julio Ramos. With a whole lot of laughs, Marian Pabón shares how she has been able to cope with the madness of the pandemic and all it entails: quarantine, masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, gloves, tests, five baths a day, and to top it all off, celibacy.
A Chicago tradition returns! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites, including the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway and the annual Independence Day Salute.
Presented by the Auditorium Theatre, ABT will bring 20 acclaimed artist-athletes to a live performance outdoors at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the company’s cross-country road trip, ABT Across America, traveling to 8 U.S. cities this July.
Dynamic stage divas Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler star in a cabaret concert of jazz, blues, gospel, and show tunes. These two powerhouse performers, supported by a stellar band, will have you rocking, reeling, laughing, and shouting your troubles away.