Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Program for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic March 11

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Here's what you'll hear when the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic presents "From Ella to Mandela" on Thursday, March 11:

"Diaspora" from Collective Creativity, composed by Orbert Davis

A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan, featuring Terisa Griffin
"Great Day" composed by Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, and Vincent Youmans
"Have You Met Miss Jones" composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, original arrangement by Jimmy Jones, arranged for orchestra by Orbert Davis
"Misty" composed by Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner, arranged by Quincy Jones
"The Midnight Sun Will Never Set" composed by Dorcas Cochran and Quincy Jones, arranged by Quincy Jones
"I Got Rhythm" composed by George Gershwin, original arrangement by Lalo Schifrin, adapted by Orbert Davis

A Tribute to Billie Holiday, featuring Maggie Brown
"Them There Eyes" composed by Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber and William Tracey,
"Good Morning Heartache" composed by Irene Higgenbotham, Ervin Drake and Dan Fisher
"Strange Fruit" composed by Abel Meeropol
"What A Little Moonlight" composed by Harry M. Woods
"Fine and Mellow" composed by Billie Holiday
"Relax Max", featuring Dee Alexander, composed by Sid Wayne, adapted by Orbert Davis

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, featuring Dee Alexander
"Lady Be Good" composed by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged by Nelson Riddle
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" composed by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged by Nelson Riddle
"Embraceable You" composed by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged by Nelson Riddle
"It Don't Mean a Thing" composed by Duke Ellington, arranged by Orbert Davis

"Going to Chicago" featuring Terisa Griffin, Maggie Brown and Dee Alexander,
composed by Count Basie

"Amagoduka" composed by Zim Ngqawana

"Hope In Action" A Tribute to Nelson Mandela, composed by Orbert Davis
Movement 1 – “Rolihlahla”

Movement 2 – “The ANC”
“Relentless” (Orbert Davis)
“Sobashiya Abazali Ekhaya” (South African Protest song)

Movement 3 - Prisioner 466-64
“Nkosi Sikelel ‘iAfrika” (South African National Anthem)

Movement 4 - Fanfare for the Uncommon Man
“Siyahamba: We Are Marching” (South African hymn), featuring Soul Children of Chicago

All musical arrangements by Orbert Davis (except where noted)

Monday, February 22, 2010

AAADT Artistic Director Judith Jamison on CNN

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Q&A with Judith Jamison

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre opened last night in Atlanta. Artistic Director Judith Jamison talks about her history with the company, her future and two of the Ailey premieres we'll be seeing in Chicago in this interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Club Aud. Returns for March Shows.

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Take advantage of one of the best deals in town for college students! $25 includes a pre-show party with dinner provided by Cafecito and a ticket to the show.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: From Ella to Mandela Thurs, March 11
Pre-show party at 6 pm. Show at 7:30 pm.

It's time for you to decide whether legendary jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic play classical or jazz music. This 57-piece orchestra will celebrate the African and American spirit by featuring some of Chicago's most celebrated jazz vocalists - Dee Alexander, Terisa Griffin, and Maggie Brown and paying tribute to the legacies of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday. The second half of the program, Hope in Action is Davis' tribute to Nelson Mandela. This work seamlessly weaves jazz, classical and South African inspired melodies, interspersed with moments of inspirational oration taken from Mandela's speeches.

Watch Chicago Jazz Philharmonic on YouTube.

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater Wed, March 24
Pre-show party at 6 pm. Show at 7:30 pm.

If you haven't seen Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, it's time to discover why audiences keep returning year after year to experience one of America's hippest contemporary dance companies.

AAADT inspires many different types of people. You'll discover why Jasmine (a ballerina studying at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati) said she dreams of performing with the Company on MTV's Taking The Stage. Even President Obama and his family attended a sold out performance at the Kennedy Center last year.

Click here to learn more about the opening night program.

Watch AAADT on YouTube.

AAADT's Jamar Roberts. Photo by Andrew Eccles.


Click here and use code CLUB

There will be a check in table when you enter the theatre, one member of your party must have a valid college ID to enter.

Click here for instructions on how to purchase tickets online.

NOTE: Club Aud. is available to college students only. Limit two tickets per valid college ID. Tickets and locations are subject to availability; restrictions apply. Not valid combined with any other offer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

$15 Student Rush tickets to The Joffrey Ballet's Cinderella available for college students.

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"If the Joffrey Ballet's “Cinderella” isn’t a huge hit, then fairy godmothers are extinct and happy endings are no more"
- Chicago Tribune

Only at The Joffrey Ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella returns to America! Set to Sergei Prokofiev's magnificent score, Ashton's Cinderella is regarded as his greatest ballet. Live this iconic rags-to-riches story where romance and love triumph over all, including two diabolical yet ridiculous step-sisters. Cinderella is a magical fairy tale for children and adults alike. Live happily ever after and buy your tickets before the clock strikes midnight.

Visit joffrey.org for more information.

Cinderella Performance Dates and Times

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 pm

- In person at the Auditorium box office (50 E. Congress Pkwy)
- One hour before show time
- Two tickets per valid student ID

NOTE: Student Rush tickets are last minute tickets sold at the discretion of the presenter. Policies may vary. Tickets and locations are subject to availability.


Send an e-mail to nwetzell@auditoriumtheatre.org with RUSH as the subject header to sign up for e-mail Student Rush Alerts.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Video - Ballet Folklorico de Mexico General Manager Salvador Lopez

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The Lied Center at the University of Kansas posted this video of Ballet Folklorico's General Manager Salvador Lopez (grandson of founder Amalia Hernandez) talking about the company and what they are performing on the current tour.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Another Rave Ailey Review - this one from Charlotte, NC

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is earning raves all across American! Here's the latest review, from the Charlotte Observer.

Ailey dancers take flight in Charlotte return - CharlotteObserver.com

"Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater didn't just bring its usual soul and electricity to the opening of its Charlotte run Tuesday night. The dancers made nearly everything look easy."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Buy 6 Seats and Save

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Did you know that for many ATRU shows, you can save 20% when you purchase a 6-seat upper box?

This discount is available for the March 11 Chicago Jazz Philharmonic performance, the March 13 & 14 Ballet Folklorico de Mexico engagement (use promotional code FIESTA) and the March 24-28 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shows (use promotional code JUDITH).

This offer is available in our upper boxes; you must purchase the entire 6-seat box. May not be combined with other discounts or offers, and this can't be applied to previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability.

Tickets are available by phone at 800.982.ARTS, online here or at our box office.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Washington Post - Rave Review of Ailey's Uptown

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The Friday and Saturday Ailey performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. were canceled due to "Snowmageddon," but before the snow paralyzed the city, AAADT did perform a few nights to sold out audiences.

Here is a rave review of dancer Matthew Rushing's Uptown, which will be among the pieces performed at the Auditorium March 24-28. "Uptown is what so many dance companies are yearning for these days: a work that unfurls a story, with vivid characters that tell us about themselves without the help of complicated program notes but solely -- and significantly -- in the way they dance."

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