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College of DuPage (630) 942-4000
New Philharmonic Orchestra: The Merry Widow
So many men, so little time. Hanna Glawari has all the money to save the bankrupt country of Pontevedro and all the eligible bachelors in Paris, but what she really wants is her long-lost love. Count Danilo, forbidden to wed Hanna when they were childhood sweethearts, has been charged with saving Pontevedro, but Hanna’s recent widow’s fortune has turned the tables. The most ravishing of operettas concludes with a party a la Café de Maxim’s complete with dancing girls. Sung in English. Kirk Muspratt conducts New Philharmonic and Alisa Jordheim stars as Hanna.
January 24, 2020 / 7:30 PM /McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
January 25, 2020 / 7:30 PM /McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
January 26, 2020 / 3 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series (312) 294-3000
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra
The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra has been growing in international acclaim since the opening of its new concert hall—Poland’s National Forum of Music—and the appointment of music director Giancarlo Guerrero, “an authoritative conductor with confidence and flair” (Seen and Heard International). They’ll perform Brahms’ sublime First Symphony and Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations, along with Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski.
January 25, 2020 / 7:30 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Music of the Baroque (312) 551-1414
Alison Balsom Plays Haydn
Trumpet sensation Alison Balsom wields her “alluring, expressive tone and agile technique” (New York Times) in Haydn’s beloved trumpet concerto. Mozart’s innovative Linz and Prague symphonies and Haydn’s uplifting Alleluia symphony complete this Classical showcase in honor of Mozart’s birthday.
January 25, 2020 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater Chicago, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago
January 26, 2020 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: As You Like It (312) 595-5600
It’s the 1960s, when all you need is love. Free spirits escape a world gone wrong to get back to the land, a place that promises safe harbor from the corrupt ways of the city—but no one is spared here from the hazards of love. The irrepressible Rosalind takes refuge in the forest. So, too, does her love Orlando, with much to learn from the woman of his dreams, now disguised in boy’s garb. This high-spirited, music-filled adaptation infuses Shakespeare’s comedy with the hit songs of The Beatles—lifting the playwright’s timeless verse in beautiful harmony with the immortal music of the “Fab Four.” First staged at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, As You Like It is adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of Canada’s acclaimed Citadel Theatre.
April 30-June 21 / Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier, 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago