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.
In the week leading up to Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s engagement at the Harris Theater, founder and artistic director Alonzo King conducted engagement activities for high school students.
On Monday, March 2, Mr. King led a choreography workshop for 20 dance students at Chicago Academy for the Arts. In addition to learning some of Mr. King’s choreography, the students developed their own movement and vocabulary throughout the class. All 20 students then had the opportunity to see LINES Ballet perform on the Harris stage later in the week.