There is a lot going on this month! Some great music festivals and exciting season openers. September is a great month for arts in Chicago because the summer weather is still lingering and outdoor festival wrap up while indoor seasons get started.
‘Sept. 8 – Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
Sept. 8 – 24 – Chicago World Music Festival
Sept. 9 – Oct. 15 – A View from the Bridge – Goodman Theatre
Sept. 14 – Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela – Ravinia
Sept. 16 & 18 – Trademark – Chicago Sinfonietta with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
Sept. 19 – Nov. 12 – Fun Home – Victory Gardens Theater
Sept. 21 – 23 – Chicago Human Rhythm Project – Dance Center Columbia College
Sept. 22-30 – Blackbird’s Ventriloquy – Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak – Links Hall
Sept. 23 – 24 – Hyde Park Jazz Festival
The Chicago Children’s Choir brought together all of its choirs to for Paint the Town Red in Millennium Park kicking off the summer season. As the largest choral organization in the country, it was an impressive showing
photo by Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Ballet’s new presentation of The Nutcracker came in with a flash, but fully demonstrated its intention to become a fixture in the Chicago performing arts scene. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the production will run until December 30.
I appreciated the connection to Chicago with the production taking place during the construction for World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. It’s a musicologist and dramturg’s dream. Continue reading
I wrote my way out. I wrote my way out of hell.
I wrote my way to revolution.
I was louder than the crack in the bell.
… And in the face of ignorance and resistance
I wrote financial systems into existence
And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.
Waking up today, we’ve elected a leader who has Continue reading
I saw the preview of In the Heights by Porchlight Music Theatre.
This was a smart choice from a marketing perspective. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name is big right now and with the hype leading up to Hamilton in Chicago, the timing Continue reading
Saxophonist, band leader extraordinaire, Miguel Zenón performed as part of the UChicago Presents late last month.
The performance of Identities are Changeable exhibited excellent craftsmanship accompanied by compelling video content. He focused on the complex identities of Puerto Ricans in New York or also known as Nuyoricans. Continue reading
Rent was a huge component of what got me interested in adaptation. La Boheme turned 90’s Aids Crisis, how did Jonathan Larson, musical wizard, create this masterpiece?!? That sincerely spoke to me when I was in high-school, full of angsty and artistic dreams.
But there are moments of the story that can come across as heavy-handed or cliche. It’s not perfect. A 1996 reviewer for the New York Times states it well as “one forgives the show’s intermittent lapses into awkwardness or cliche because of its overwhelming emotional sincerity.”
This staging of RENT at Theo Oubique had a stunning balance of pluck and intimacy. It was an incredible set for the performance and the artists made the audience feel as if they were another member of the circle of friends.
This staging made the elements that are still relevant today shine. Continue reading