Monday, April 14, 2014

Auditorium Theatre Junior Board Kicks-off Membership Drive

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The dress circle of the Auditorium Theatre was packed with young Chicagoans this past Saturday night as the Junior Board hosted a private reception before watching River North Dance Chicago take to the theatre's historic stage. The Junior Board, a diverse group of young professionals committed to furthering the mission of the Auditorium Theatre, is devoted not only to helping fund the restoration and preservation of our National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre, but also to raise awareness and generate support for the Auditorium’s educational outreach efforts and world-renowned programming. Part of this goal will be expanded in 2014 as the board kicks off an initiative to develop a base of Members-at-Large throughout the city. Members-at-Large will have the opportunity to attend Junior Board events and fundraisers throughout the year, spread awareness about the theatre during the pivotal 125 Season which begins this September, and participate in volunteer activities.

The event this past Saturday showed the board is off to a promising start for the Members-at-Large campaign. Attendees at the River North reception came from all different types of professional backgrounds. One of the great parts about being an Auditorium Theatre supporter is the interaction it provides for young Chicagoans with a variety of interests. The Junior Board currently consists of architects, marketing executives, attorneys, bankers, artists, and graphic designers among others, and is expanding rapidly to include a host of young professionals who are helping to bring great things to the city. Among the upcoming projects for the board is a renovation project to provide an accessible entryway for the theater at 50 E. Congress Parkway, as well as a fundraiser on June 10 for the theatre's Hands Together, Heart to Art performing arts summer camp for children who have lost a parent. The Junior Board and Members-at-Large will also be working to promote an upcoming “Made in Chicago” Film Series for the 125th Anniversary Season. The film series will be free to the public and give the board a great chance to showcase the breathtaking theatre to a widespread audience. Stay tuned for the possibility to vote on one of the movies that will be screened.

If you are interested in becoming a Member-at-Large, please contact Amanda Martinez Byrne at 312.341.2364 or

Upcoming Dates for Members-At-Large:
Tuesday, June 10, 2014: Trivia Night at Diversey Yacht Club – proceeds support the Auditorium’s Hands Together, Heart to Art summer performing arts camp for children who have lost a parent.
Friday, July 18 & Friday, August 1, 2014: Hands Together, Heart to Art Junior Board volunteer days.
Friday, September 26, 2014: The Devil’s Ball – Another perk included in the Membership-at-Large program is a ticket to the Junior Board’s annual Devil's Ball, so mark your calendars for September 26, 2014 so you can party with us Chicago-style, take backstage tours of the theatre, and bid on auction items while sipping champagne!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jonas Friddle and the Majority - Live at the Auditorium

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The Auditorium Theatre is excited to welcome Jonas Friddle and The Majority, the winning band in our Chick Corea and Bela Fleck contest! The band was one of over 30 to enter for a spot to perform in the historic Auditorium lobby proceeding Chick and Bela's concert on April 5.
Jonas Friddle and the Majority has a huge sound that combines string quartet, horns and rock and roll drums for a melody filled, dance inspiring result. Jonas' arrangements and songwriting are heavily rooted in traditional American music. His passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. At the same time this founder of The Barehand Jugband pulls from the raucous sounds of 1920s blues and string bands for dance inspiring tunes. Friddle has received recognition as a songwriter, including Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and First Place in the Great American Song Contest. He is joined by the Majority, a group of talented multi-instrumentalists that found each other at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. The full band has been playing together since 2012 and includes drums, a string quartet and horns for a unique and huge sound. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas Friddle and the Majority look to re-invent traditional songs.

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