Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and his New World Symphony, violinist Gidon Kremer and J.S. Bach’s complete “Brandenburg” Concertos highlight the 10th season of events at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.
The Harris Theater Presents series will comprise 10 music and dance events during 2013-14, not including the performances given by the theater’s more than 35 resident companies, which will be announced later.
The Harris Presents series will begin Oct. 1 with a return appearance by the Sphinx Virtuosi, an ensemble of young African American and Latino string players, with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as soloist.
Mezzo Stephanie Blythe will join the Canadian chamber ensemble Les Violons du Roy under Bernard Labadie, for a program of Gluck and Handel on Oct. 17.
Highlighting the Oct. 19 appearance by Thomas and the New World orchestra will be a Harris-commissioned new work by Italian composer Niccolo Castiglioni for which artist Netia Jones will create a video/visual installation. Musicians from the Music Institute of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater also will take part in the Italian-themed program.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will begin its third year of residency at the Harris Theater on Dec. 18 with an integral performance of the six “Brandenburgs.” An all-French program will follow on March 18, and April 29 will bring the complete Beethoven cello and piano sonatas, played by co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han.
Kremer and his Baltic-based chamber orchestra will return to downtown Chicago on Feb. 7 for a concert that is to include violin works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Dance offerings for the Harris' 10th-anniversary season include the Chicago debut of Savion Glover's tap ensemble STePz Jan. 24, with a shorter family program Jan. 25. Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, which shared the Harris stage with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago this season, returns by itself with two programs, one a collaboration with artist Jim Campbell and featuring a live performance by Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Layhani, Feb. 27 and the other scored and accompanied live by composer and double bassist Edgar Meyer Feb. 28. The Chicago premiere of “Restless Creature” arrives March 20, starring former New York City Ballet ballerina Wendy Whelan in a program of four duets, each choreographed by Whelan's respective partner in it--Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Alejandro Cerrudo.
The line-up continues with the Trey McIntyre Project premiering a new work commissioned by the Harris and accompanied live by musicians from the Music Institute of Chicago April 3, with a family program April 5. France's Ballet Preljocaj makes its Chicago debut performing founder Angelin Preljocaj's “Blanche Neige,” or “Snow White,” a dance treatment of the fairy tale, May 2-4. The Friday and Saturday performances of “Blanche Neige” will contain brief nudity, but the Sunday matinee will not.
Further information is available at harristheaterchicago.org or 312-334-7777.