Have you ever walked by a building and thought, I wish I could see what’s inside? Now you can. The Chicago Architecture Center is proud to present the eighth annual Open House Chicago on October 13 and 14, 2018. Open House Chicago is a free festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across the city.
Use the two days to explore hidden gems in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods that will make you fall in love with Chicago all over again. Tour repurposed mansions, stunning skyscrapers, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, industrial facilities, cutting-edge offices, and breathtaking sacred spaces.
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On October 13 and 14, gather your friends and family and see Chicago like never before! Visit openhousechicago.org.
This season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) observes the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended World War I, then referred to as “the war to end all wars.” Since that era, composers across the decades have found compelling ways to honor war victims and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit through the transformative power of music. The 2018/19 season features a variety of works with timeless messages of hope and peace that remain relevant in a modern world.
A focal point of this special programming takes place in October with the CSO’s world premiere of Threnos by Bruno Mantovani, written to commemorate the Armistice and co-commissioned by the CSO and Pritzker Military Foundation. This program is led by conductor Marin Alsop and also includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov, Bridge’s Lament and Copland’s Symphony No. 3. More information about related events including song recitals at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and The Mayne Stage, as well as pre-concert lectures and an exhibit at Symphony Center, is available at cso.org/armistice.
In November, Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and Chorus and a roster of distinguished soloists in performances of Verdi’s Requiem on November 8, 9 and 10, anticipating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on November 11, 2018.
British conductor Edward Gardner makes his CSO debut in a program of works created during war-torn times performed December 6, 7, 8 and 11. The program includes Strauss’s reflective Four Last Songs, featuring soprano Erin Wall, and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable), written during the early years of WWI by the Danish composer who wrote “Music is life, and, like life, inextinguishable.”
For information and tickets, visit cso.org or call the Symphony Center Box Office at 312-294-3000.
Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul
Internationally acclaimed performers, including violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, soprano Ana María Martínez, trumpet master Nicholas Payton, solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie and New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will headline an 11-day music festival in November to celebrate the new Holtschneider Performance Center on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.
Named for the university’s most recent former president — the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. — the 185,000-square-foot performance center in DePaul’s School of Music is now open for classes and concerts. It houses four public performance spaces, including the stunning 505-seat Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall, as well as state-of-the-art teaching studios and rehearsal spaces.
“The Holtschneider Performance Center is a finely tuned, world-class home for educating the next generation of musicians and music professionals,” said Ronald Caltabiano, a composer and dean of DePaul’s School of Music.
“This welcoming new venue also belongs to anyone with a love of music and a desire to experience breathtaking live performances. It is in this spirit that we swing open our doors and welcome Chicago to experience more than 40 events over 11 days, including the world’s stars of classical and jazz, vocal and instrumental music,” Caltabiano said.
Unveiled will also feature lectures, symposiums and film screenings, including a preview of Kartemquin’s new documentary feature Left-Handed Pianist, a panel discussion on women in music engineering led by Shure CEO Christine Schyvinck, and a conversation on the music industry between President and CEO of Ravinia Festival Welz Kauffman and iconic jazz musician Ramsey Lewis.
Individual event tickets start at just $5, and the wide range of programming promises something to suit any music lover’s interests. For tickets and additional information, visit unveileddepaul.com.
This fall, audiences can experience French Baroque opera with all the lush detail and exquisite instrumentation first seen in the court of Louis XIV, when Opera Atelier makes its Chicago debut.
Led by founding co-artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg, the Toronto-based company is widely known for its “period-minded yet strikingly refreshing” (Toronto Star) approach to the preservation and interpretation of 17th and 18th century opera. While Opera Atelier has performed at many of Europe’s great opera venues—including Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, and the Palace of Versailles—the November 2018 engagement at the Harris Theater will be the company’s first Chicago appearance in its 33-year history.
The program features two opéra-ballets presented as a double bill. Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon (1683), the story of a hunter transformed into a stag by the goddess Diana, marked the company’s U.S. debut in 1987 and continues to be a source of inspiration. Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion (1748) is a showpiece for tenor Colin Ainsworth, who specializes in the high-flying haute-contre roles of the genre. Ainsworth is joined in leading roles by mezzo-soprano Alysson McHardy (heard recently in Grant Park Music Festival’s Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah), and rising star soprano Mireille Asselin, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2015 in Massenet’s Manon.
The celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra brings stylish vibrancy to the production. Having partnered with Opera Atelier for three decades, conductor David Fallis is adept at wringing every ounce of drama out of these French Baroque scores. Adding to the visual feast are the Artists of Atelier Ballet who bring historical choreography to life, Gerard Gauci’s stunning hand-painted sets, and the sumptuous detail of Michael Legouffe’s decadent costumes.
Don’t miss the Chicago debut of Opera Atelier in these rarely performed masterpieces, the way they were meant to be seen.
To purchase tickets, visit harristheaterchicago.org or contact the Box Office at 312-334-7777, open Monday through Friday, 12-5 p.m.
Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro
October 7, 2018 – June 23, 2019
Challenging the Status Quo through the Lens of a Camera
Renowned Chicago-based photographer Steve Schapiro has given history a human face throughout his career as a widely published photographer for Life, Look, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and numerous other publications. Visitors to this exhibit will experience the breadth of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as vivid portraiture of celebrities who challenged – and changed – our cultural norms.
Forty-six large-format photographs tell the stories of seminal moments in history, from the March on Washington (1963) to Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign (1968). Schapiro’s documentary style yields emotional portraits of heroes and change-makers ranging from Rosa Parks to Barbra Streisand.
As he documented the tumult of the 1960s, Schapiro spent days and weeks with many of his subjects, some of whom—Kennedy, James Baldwin, and David Bowie—became his close friends. These personal relationships add depth to his portraits and the historic moments he captured. His prolific output also contains portraits of the most prominent celebrities of our time, including Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote, and Andy Warhol—all of whom appear in the exhibit. Schapiro has always had an undeniable penchant for finding the unexpected, even in those we think we know well.
The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Last admission is 1 hour before closing.
October 17-28 | Auditorium Theatre
Art intertwines with life in Wheeldon's modern re-telling of one of the most famous ballets of all time. Set in the studios of the Paris Opera Ballet, a company dancer falls in love with his beautiful partner, a star ballerina who is being pursued by an arts patron with bad intentions. A ballet-within-a-ballet, Wheeldon's version combines classical elements with a touch of fantasy, as lavish sets and breathtaking choreography take hold in this timeless story danced to Tchaikovsky's mesmerizing score.
To purchase tickets, visit joffrey.org/swanlake or call 312.386.8905
Anna Karenina Luncheon
September 26 | The Drake
Join the Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, as he speaks with the Anna Karenina artistic team and Company Artists, Victoria Jaiani and Alberto Velazquez, about the process of creating a groundbreaking new work five months before its world premiere.
To purchase tickets, visit joffrey.org/luncheon
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new season is about to begin! Come be captivated by powerful and touching stories that are universally engaging, gorgeous costumes and astonishing sets, and spectacular music passionately performed by internationally acclaimed singers collaborating with Lyric’s own magnificent orchestra and chorus. Their glorious sounds fill the 3,500-seat theater of the Lyric Opera House without amplification for opera performances. You truly have to experience it to believe it.
The season opens with a charming new production of the beloved romantic blockbuster La bohème, which resonates with anyone who is or has been young, and who is or has been in love—in other words, pretty much everybody. A sparkling international cast will warm all hearts amidst the high-jinks and heartbreaks, with performances October 6-20 and again January 10-25.
It’s exciting to hear a rarity by Mozart, who composed the grand-scale Idomeneo when he was just 24. Majestic choral scenes alternate with the tangled emotional journeys of several noble characters trying to reunite with family and home, and sort out the complications of love, after the devastation of the Trojan War. The splendid roster of singers includes two Chicago-area natives and three outstanding former members of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, performing October 13-November 2.
Verdi’s Il trovatore is pure blood-and-thunder Italian opera with a hair-raising story set in 15th-century Spain, in a production inspired by Goya’s darkly dramatic paintings. Each of the main characters has thrilling music: the bold troubadour Manrico, the woman he loves, Leonora, the dastardly Count di Luna, and the vengeance-obsessed gypsy Azucena. And you get to hear the glorious Anvil Chorus! Performances November 17-December 9.
Massenet’s Cinderella tells the endearingly familiar story with a French twist in a whimsical storybook production that will charm audiences of all ages. The music is gorgeous, and wait till you see the horses and carriage! Performances December 1-January 20.
Beauty Worth Saving at Shedd Aquarium
Celebrate the unbelievable beauty living in our oceans, lakes and rivers in Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty.
You’ll enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, where jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow comes alive with reef fishes in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Underwater Beauty shows how every aquatic animal is beautifully adapted to thrive in its environment—and how this beauty is worth saving.
Vivid colors and bold patterns might not seem like camouflage, but the red-on-white plaid pattern of the longnose hawkfish lets it evade predators by hiding in plain sight against branching corals. The glass catfish takes camouflage to the ultimate level: It’s transparent! Clear is as beautiful as colorful, especially when a school of these delicate fish ripple in the current.
Aquatic animals move in beautiful rhythms, too. Skeleton shrimp wiggle and wobble their bodies like they’re dancing, but they’re really catching a passing meal. Flower hat jellies have glowing green proteins in the tips of their stinging tentacles, which bob like plankton in the current, fooling hungry fishes into coming within striking distance.
Small steps can protect aquatic habitats so underwater beauty can thrive. Join Shedd for a beach cleanup during a Great Lakes Action Day or pledge to #SheddTheStraw to keep waters plastic-free.
Underwater Beauty is free with aquarium admission. You can meet an underwater beauty in person during a Beluga Encounter. You’ll don chest waders to enter a private habitat with a marine mammal trainer and meet one of the beluga whales face to face! Under the trainer’s guidance, you’ll try a few training techniques, feel the whale’s smooth skin and enjoy a few surprises.
For more information about Underwater Beauty and all Extraordinary Experiences, and to purchase tickets, visit sheddaquarium.org.
Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. In 2018/19, Court brings you a season of classics building upon the theatre’s history of artistic innovation and collaboration. Experience the tenth installment of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, an inventive interpretation of a monster tale, a celebration of a brilliant female scientist, a courageous staging of song and poetry by seven African American women, and the world premiere of a classic American novel.
For production, ticket, and subscription information, visit courttheatre.org.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores art, architecture, and design with an emphasis on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its permanent collection of period decorative arts is presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion—Chicago’s “Marble Palace,” located just steps from the Magnificent Mile—and features objects given from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, its founder. Temporary exhibitions organized by the Driehaus and its partners place the Gilded Age in context, as do vibrant educational and cultural programs designed to appeal to diverse audiences and illuminate the history, culture, and urban fabric of Chicago.
This fall the Driehaus Museum presents three exhibitions focusing on portraits from the Gilded Age and late 19th-century Chicago. The focal exhibition, Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America, organized by the New-York Historical Society, looks at the popular revival of formal portraiture in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era explores how the resurgence of portraiture manifested itself in Chicago. The exhibition includes ten paintings of Gilded Age Chicagoans—with familiar last names such as McCormick, Field, Pullman, and Nickerson. In addition to the two Gilded Age portrait exhibitions, Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 will be on display in the Museum’s third floor galleries. Objects are drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, featuring original works and memorabilia designed for and exhibited at the fair.
Visit driehausmuseum.org for information about our current events and programs.
Explore Chicago through the eyes of its artists and designers with this yearlong celebration of the city's art and design legacy. Yesterday and today, across neighborhoods and throughout the nation, Chicago's creative influence can be seen and felt everywhere. From art displayed on museum walls to mass-produced consumer goods, the city’s singular creative contributions are showcased in this dynamic convergence of more than 30 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs in 2018, including performances, talks, behind-the-scenes tours, artmaking activities, film screenings, and more.