JUST ADDED TO THE HARRIS THEATER PRESENTS EXTRAORDINARY 2015-16 MUSIC SEASON
STEPHANIE BLYTHE WITH “SING, AMERICA!”
CHICAGO (August 4, 2015) Harris Theater for Music and Dance is honored to present brilliant mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in “Sing, America!” on February 9, 2016. “Sing, America!” is a full program of handpicked American Songbook repertoire. Blythe brings her superior artistry back to the Harris main stage with a full evening of popular Standards after delivering a taste of this rousing program in a triumphant performance in the inaugural season of Beyond the Aria, the Harris’ highly acclaimed performance series on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion. So bring your enthusiasm, your sense of nostalgia, your curiosity, and above all, your voice. Enjoy some of the favorite songs of Tin Pan Alley and the Jazz Age, as you sing along all evening; Stephanie will provide the words and teach you the tunes. Referred to as a “once-in-a-generation opera singer” by The New York Times, Blythe’s heartfelt passion project is not to be missed when it arrives in Chicago.
Blythe made her Harris Theater debut during the Theater’s 10th Anniversary season with Les Violons du Roy and Music Director Bernard Labadie. She stunned the audience with her powerful vocals and engaging stage presence. Critics and audiences alike have been waiting for her highly anticipated return to Chicago. Blythe has also performed in many of the other renowned concert halls and opera houses in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris.
Alongside longtime collaborator and pianist Craig Terry, the Artistic Director of Beyond the Aria, Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center, this work showcases the talents of one of the most critically acclaimed voices in the world, alongside the voices of the audience in a unique sing-along style performance.
Tickets for “Sing, America!” are $35–$125, now available at HarrisTheaterChicago.org or by calling the Harris Theater Box Office at 312.334.7777.
“With each performance the American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe gives, it becomes increasingly apparent that a once-in-a-generation opera singer has arrived” – The New York Times
“One of the most remarkable artists singing today” – Opera Warehouse
“At the conclusion of the evening, it was clear that Blythe had proven that she doesn’t just play a goddess on the operatic stage. She really is one.” – Arts Atlanta
About Harris Theater for Music and Dance
The Harris Theater’s mission is to partner with a wide array of Chicago’s performing arts organizations supporting their initiatives for artistic growth and development. Its continuing efforts help build infrastructure and long-term sustainability for many of its resident companies.
Opened on November 8, 2003, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the Chicago downtown area since 1929. Today the Theater continues to host the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, featuring the city’s world-renowned music and dance institutions and the Harris Theater Presents series of acclaimed national and international artists and ensembles.
Imagine: The Campaign for Harris Theater, is a $38.8M comprehensive fundraising effort supporting the Theater’s multifaceted mission. The campaign ensures the continued growth and artistic development of the Harris Theater over the next 10 years.
The Imagine campaign is led by four transformational gifts: from The Irving Harris Foundation, Joan W. Harris; Alexandra and John Nichols; Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, Abby McCormick O’Neil and D. Carroll Joynes; Caryn and King Harris, The Harris Family Foundation. Additional leadership gifts supporting programmatic and capital projects have been generously funded by The Crown Family, Jay Franke and David Herro, Jack and Sandra Guthman, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Neisser Family Foundation, The Northern Trust Company, Christine and Glenn Kelly, Laura and Ricardo Rosenkranz, and Marilyn and David J. Vitale.
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust are the lead underwriters of fundraising for Imagine: The Campaign for Harris Theater.
To learn more about the Harris Theater, please visit HarrisTheaterChicago.org. Call the Box Office at 312.334.7777 to request a brochure or additional information.
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