The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of COCo. Dance Theatre. Founder and Director Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem is a nuanced study in masculinities and their multiplicities within cultures of Caribbean and African-American communities, captured through movement, spoken language, and visual design. The work asks, “How can a woman choreograph masculinity without resorting to stereotypes, but instead locate its nuances, challenges and ambiguities? Those very elements that black communities know so well and yet see rarely reflected in the culture at large?”
Performances are November 2-4 at 7:30 pm at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago). WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
The Orion Ensemble continues its 25th anniversary season with “Let’s Tango,” featuring guest violist Stephen Boe. The program features Bernstein’s Sonata for clarinet and piano (1942); von Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major for string trio, Op. 10; Horn’s Black Tango for violin, viola, cello and piano (2002); and Schumann’s Quartet in E-flat Major for violin, viola, cello and piano, Op. 47.
The Orion Ensemble’s concert program “Let’s Tango” takes place on Sunday, November 5 at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Geneva-Chapelstreet Church, 2300 South Street in Geneva; Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 pm at the Pianoforte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago; and Sunday, November 12 at 7:30 pm at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates the 100th birthday of “The First Lady of Song” – Ella Fitzgerald – with a tribute concert. Ella Fitzgerald protégé Carmen Bradford joins Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann and other faculty from the Music Institute Jazz Studies program for a lineup of tunes from the Great American Songbook. Bradford sang with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1982 to 1990 and has performed around the world with Thad Jones, David Murray, and other jazz celebrities. McCann, who appears regularly at jazz venues around Chicago, has performed with Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis and Von Freeman and toured with Ray Charles as a “Raelette.”
The concert takes place Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.