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.
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.
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.
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.
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.