Harris Theater Classical Offerings to Include 9/11 Commemoration, Vienna Symphony, and Sphinx Virtuosi

Sphinx Virtuosi

This fall, the Harris Theater is featuring a culturally diverse mixture of classical artists including Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s 9/11 commemoration, the Vienna Symphony, and the Sphinx Virtuosi.

Harris Theater Presents subscriptions are currently on sale; select single tickets to the Harris Theater Presents performances go on sale September 7, 2011. Tickets are available at the Harris theater box office located in millennium Park at 205 E. Randolph Dr; by calling 312-334-7777, and at www.harristheaterchicago.org.

Below you’ll find a complete listing of the Harris’s 2011 fall classical offerings:

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

9/11: Ten Years & Beyond, A Concert for Peace

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $10 general admission / $5 for seniors, students, Chicago Policemen, Firemen and their families

The Fulcrum Point Ensemble, led by founder Stephen Burns, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy with traditional songs and prayers from the Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish faiths.Concert highlights include works by top contemporary composers Aaron Jay Kernis (“Musica Celestis”), Arvo Pärt (“Fratres”) and Chicagoan Marita Bolles (“Buddha Girl”), along with the World Premiere of orchestral versions of works by David Stock (“3 Yiddish Songs”) and Karim Al-Zand (“Lamentation on the Disasters of War”).

The Chicago Chamber Musicians
CCM Brass and American Brass Quintet

Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 – $45

Described as “positively breathtaking” by the New York Times, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as an icon in the brass world. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear CCM BRASS, one of the foremost interpreters of the brass quintet repertoire, collaborate with the quintet on a program that is a must-hear for any brass lover.

Paul Dukas Fanfare from La Péri
Joan Tower Copperwave
Anthony Plog Octet
Richard Strauss Festmusik der Stadt Wien
Vitaly Bujanovsky “España” from Traveling Impressions
James Stephenson Call
Michael Tilson Thomas Street Song

Sphinx Virtuosi

Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Tickets $10

The internationally heralded Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly known as the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra), returns to the Harris for a special matinee performance. Heralded by The New York Times as “first rate in every way,” the 25-member Sphinx Virtuosi, who will also be joined by the Catalyst Quartet, are comprised of the top Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players.

The program will include solo performances by two Chicago area musicians –  cellist Gabriel Cabezas, an alumnus of the Music Institute of Chicago and violinist Allie Switala, a current Music Institute of Chicago student and Academy Fellowship participant. The concert will also feature performances by the Catalyst Quartet and Sphinx competition winners’ violinist Randall Goosby.


Plaza Fuga Criolla
Bartok Divertimento for Strings, III
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
Golijov Last Round
Vivaldi Summer from The Four Seasons
Perkinson Blue/s Form/s, Jettin’ Blue/s
Ginastera V
Schubert Death and the Maiden, Finale

Music of the Baroque
Glover Conducts Mozart…and Beethoven!

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $30 – $75

World-renowned pianist Imogen Cooper plays Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor and Beethoven’s joyous, rarely heard Choral Fantasy. Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra in gala opening concerts that also include Beethoven’s first symphony.


Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 – $20

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, Mead Composers-in-Residence
Cliff Colnot, conductor

Cliff Colnot, conductor, and musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present a program that features John Corigliano’s brand-new Stomp, written for the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, and the acrobatic Tumblers by Alejandro Viñao.

Corigliano Stomp
Broberg That Time
Viñao Tumblers
Matthusen run on sentence of the pavement
Dennehy To Herbert Brun

Roosevelt University’s CCPA Symphony Orchestra

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm
FREE Event

James Paul, guest conductor
Featuring Student Solo Competition Winner
Takahiro Kim, tuba

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra
Barber Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance

Chicago Sinfonietta

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $26 – $50

Maestro Hector Guzman leads the orchestra in a selection of Latin American music to celebrate the Day of the Dead holiday. Special guests will include Denis Azabagic, guitar and Eugenia Moliner, flute.

José Pablo Moncoya Tierra de Temporal
Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 3
Silvestre Revueltas Janitzio
Blas Galindo Sones de Mariachi

Vienna Symphony Orchestra* with the Eroica Trio*

Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Vienna SymphonyVienna SymphonyTickets: $20 – $45

Eroica Trio

Erika Nickrenz, piano
Susie Park, violin
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello
Fabio Luisi*, conductor

*Harris Theater debut

The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio, will kick off the 2011-2012 Hear the Music series with an electrifying performance of Beethoven’s beloved “Triple Concerto,” Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Op. 56. “Few can rival the sonic beauty of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra,” (Chicago Tribune) who will join Eroica Trio in making their Harris Theater debut. The VSO will also perform one of the most popular works in the repertoire today—Brahms’ magnificent Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73—led by Fabio Luisi, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, who is also Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera.

Beethoven “Triple Concerto”
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Op. 56
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Music of the Baroque
Kraemer Conducts Bach

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $30 – $75

Baroque specialist Nicholas Kraemer leads a richly varied program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach,. British soprano Julia Doyle makes her Chicago début in the joyful “Wedding” cantata, BWV 202.


Monday, December 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 – $20

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, Mead Composers-in-Residence
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Wolfe Dig Deep
Cheung Enjamb, Infuse, Implode
Kernis da l’Arte Della Danssar
Hyla The Dream of Innocent III
Clyne Within Her Arms

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings their distinctive choreography to the MusicNOW series for the first time. Alongside Anna Clyne’s ethereal Within Her Arms and a major new chamber work by Aaron Kernis, the program also features energetic works by Julia Wolfe of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Anthony Cheung as well as Chicagoan Lee Hyla’s The Dream of Innocent III.

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