The Auditorium Theatre has announced its 2023-2024 season of programming, featuring dance, music, film, and theater presentations.
Two special events headline the season. On January 13, an evening spotlighting one of today’s preeminent composer sees a special presentation of Terence Blanchard film scores performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic. The has created signature scores for films like Do the Right Thing and BlacKkKlansman, and in 2021, Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones became the first opera by a Black composer presented by the Met Opera.
Other Season Announcements
Elgin Symphony Orchestra Names New Music DirectorMay 23, 2023
50 Years of COT: Anniversary Season Boasts Shostakovich, Heggie, Premieres, and MoreApril 20, 2023
Ravinia Announces 2023 SeasonMarch 16, 2023
Update Your Calendars: Chicago-Area Classical Concerts Announced for 2023 and BeyondMarch 16, 2023
Lyric Opera 2023-2024 Season: Dutchman, Aida, Cinderella, AudraMarch 14, 2023
In a two-show engagement in late January, John Malkovich takes center stage in the Chicago premiere of The Infernal Comedy, which features one actor, a chamber orchestra, and two sopranos. A co-presentation with Steppenwolf Theatre — for which Malkovich is a charter member — the musical theater piece was created by Michael Sturminger for Malkovich and focuses on a real-life Austrian serial killer, Jack Unterweger.
As is customary for the Auditorium, dance is a focal point, with a bevy of respected troupes visiting from around the world and from within the city. Preeminent New York group, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return in April 2024, while the Madrid-based Compañía Nacional de Danza will make its first-ever stop in Chicago in February. NYC-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will also visit in February — the company’s first appearance in Chicago in more than 15 years. The striking MOMIX will appear in March. Dance companies keeping up the Chicago end are season openers Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in November, the Trinity Irish Dance Company in March, and the South Chicago Dance Theatre, which closes out the season in April.
Other season offerings are to include the annual Dance for Life performance and benefit, a celebration of the centenary of Gerald Arpino, a choreographer who co-founded the Joffrey Ballet, and a reimagined staging of The Nutcracker set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz-infused arrangement of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet.
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