After School Matters Dance Ensemble: At Home At the Harris Theater

This summer, the Harris was home to one of After School Matters’ Summer Dance Ensembles – officially named the After School Matters Dance Ensemble at the Harris Theater. From June until August, 26 teens and their teachers were in residence in the Prince Charitable Trusts and the William N. Wood Prince Family Rehearsal Room – the same studio space used by the Harris’ 35 resident companies, and the many national and international artists who perform on its stage each year.

ASM teens and instructors on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, during a backstage tour
ASM teens and instructors on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, during a backstage tour

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ChiArts Dance Students Connect with Miami City Ballet Dancers

Miami City Ballet’s triumphant return to Chicago featured two programs and two very full houses at the Harris Theater. On Saturday, April 30, ten dance students from Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) had the opportunity to watch the company in rehearsal and to speak with two members of the company.

Principal Soloist Callie Manning with ChiArts Dance Students
Principal Soloist Callie Manning with ChiArts Dance Students | April 2016

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Javier Camarena Engages (+ Sings!) with Chicago Youth at National Museum of Mexican Art

On the evening before his Chicago debut, Mexican tenor Javier Camarena visited (and sang!) with 50 children and families at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Presented in partnership with Lyric Unlimited, the event included students from Merit School of Music’s Holy Cross Choir Program, Mariachi Heritage Foundation, and the Chicago Mariachi Project.

Javier Camarena and young Chicago music students at National Museum of Mexican Art
Javier Camarena at National Museum of Mexican Art | March 2016

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VIDEO: Scottish Ballet Master Class at ChiArts

Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire was one of the highlights of the Harris Theater’s 2014-2015 season. The engagement was also a highlight of our arts education partnerships this year, when soloists Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo, and Artistic Director Chris Hampson, conducted a master class for 20 high school students.

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ChiArts and Chicago Academy students with Scottish Ballet’s Chris Hampson, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo | May 2015

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Harris Theater Embarks on Five-Year Creative Partnership with Kronos Quartet

Beginning in the 2015-2016 season, the Harris Theater will embark on a five-year creative partnership with the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association. The Harris Theater will be a legacy partner in Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, and will engage the quartet in residencies, commissions and presented performances throughout the five years.

Kronos Quartet - John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington
Kronos Quartet – John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington

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