Harris Theater Shares ’24–25 Season

The lineup includes chamber performances, dance, family programming, and more.

Dance Acts Star in Auditorium 2024–25 Season

The Loop’s “theatre for the people” presents music and dance titles from October to May.

Stravinsky Top 10

No one was more pivotal in 20th century classical music than Igor Stravinsky. We rank his definitive top 10 works.

In one Ukrainian city, ballet in a bomb shelter is an escape from the horrors of war

Practicing in a bomb shelter means the girls can keeping dancing through the almost hourly air raid alerts.

Joffrey Ballet Announces 2024–2025 Season

The 2024-2025 programming is marked by elements of fantasy, world premieres, and the return of a Chicago holiday staple.

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

Recognizing the Chicagoans, musicians, artists, and friends of WFMT who died this past year.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

We take you to Paris for a live performance of this perennial favorite.

Ballet Music by Ravel and Tchaikovsky, with Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto

Alan Gilbert conducts works by Ravel, Nielsen, and Tchaikovsky.

Music for the Ballet

Beloved, magical and dramatic Latin American works for dance.

Auditorium Theatre Brings Malkovich, Blanchard, Dance Riches in 2023-24 Season

Special events, dance, and more are on deck for the Auditorium.

Ukrainian, Russian refugee dancers find help in Berlin

Dancers who have fled Ukraine — and Russia — due to the war have found a new temporary home in Berlin’s top ballet company, which helps with practice space, housing, even shoes.

Joffrey Announces 2021-22 Season In First Year At Lyric

From The Nutcracker to Don Quixote be the first to learn about what the Joffrey Ballet’s next season has in store!

Harris Theater Announces 2020-2021 Season

The season, which runs from August 19, 2020, to May 6, 2021, features 36 performances including vocal recitals, symphonic concerts, and ballet performances.

Discover What Makes Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ Sound Like Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Conductor Scott Speck, who leads the Chicago Philharmonic for performances of The Nutcracker with Joffrey Ballet, explained what makes Tchaikovsky’s score as addictive as your favorite holiday treats.

Quiz: What Movement of ‘The Nutcracker Suite’ Are You?

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker isn’t just a popular holiday ballet. The composer grouped eight pieces in his Nutcracker Suite, which is often performed in concert. But, which movement of the “Nutcracker Suite” are you? Are you the “Spanish Dance?” “The Waltz of the Flowers?” Take the quiz and find out!

Exploring Chords: “Appalachian Spring”

From its premiere more than 75 years ago, this music and ballet continue to speak to the American soul. Dive into the score of Appalachian Spring with Bill McGlaughlin.

Choreographer Cathy Marston and the Joffrey Ballet Take ‘Jane Eyre’ From Page To Stage

To conceal that the book’s author was a woman, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 under a pen name. Choreographer Cathy Marston feels the book was revolutionary: “It truly was groundbreaking for a woman to write about her emotions and station in life with such honesty.”

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system, died Thursday at age 98.

Bolshoi Ballet to Return to Chicago After 16 Years

The Bolshoi Ballet is returning to Chicago for the first time in sixteen years. The Russian ballet company will perform at the Auditorium Theatre in June 2020, which will be the only Midwest stop on their United States tour. The Bolshoi Ballet will perform Yuri Grigorovich’s Swan Lake, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Grigorovich, who served as the Bolshoi’s director …

Joffrey’s ‘Anna Karenina’ Features Its First-Ever Commissioned Full-Length Orchestral Score. Here’s What It Sounds Like.

“I believe that Karenina is a magical moment of looking at our beautiful art form and taking it a step forward,” says Ashley Wheater, Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director. One of the cornerstones of the production is 35-year-old composer Ilya Demutsky’s brand new, full-length orchestral score, the first such commission in Joffrey’s 62-year history.

Joffrey Ballet Announces 2019/20 Season

The season features four Chicago premieres and the return of two reimagined staples.

Joffrey’s ‘Swan Lake’ Launches a New Season of Ballet and Music

Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director, Ashley Wheater, and music director, Scott Speck, discuss “Swan Lake,” Joffrey’s 2018-19 season, and ballet’s unique and rich creative relationship with music.

Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dead at 88 in New York

Taylor kept working well into his 80s, venturing into his company’s Manhattan studios from his Long Island home to choreograph two new pieces a year.

Inside the Score: Adolphe Adam’s Giselle

Joffrey’s Scott Speck, who co-authored Classical Music for Dummies, explains how music helps to tell the stories you see on stage.

Video: What Choreographer Justin Peck Listens for When Picking Music for Dance

Renowned choreographer Justin Peck took a break from his rehearsals with the Joffrey Ballet to explain what he listens for when selecting music to choreograph.