UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE Show Listings and Information Through November 18, 2017

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Show Listings and Information
Through November 18, 2017



“An ensemble of extraordinarily beautiful, passionate, superbly skilled dancers” (Chicago Sun-Times). Following their fiery 40th anniversary finale at the Auditorium Theatre and their triumphant performances in Spain in 2016, Ensemble Español returns to the Auditorium to open the 2017-18 “Made in Chicago” Dance Series with a new program that brilliantly blends flamenco, classical, contemporary, and traditional forms of dance. See the company the Chicago Tribune calls “exciting, sensual, and breathtaking.”

– Student Matinee Sponsor

Performance Information
Friday, October 6 | 11AM – One hour student matinee performance
Friday, October 6 | 7:30PM

Individual tickets start at $29 and go on sale July 28 at 10AM. Student matinee tickets (for K-12 groups of 10+) are $10 and are available now at 312.341.2357. Ensemble Español is part of the “Made in Chicago” Dance Series subscription package, which can be purchased now at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more people are also available now.

THE JOFFREY BALLET – GISELLE | October 18-29, 2017

Staged by: Lola de Ávila
Music: Adolphe Adam

A sweeping tale of passion beyond the grave, de Ávila’s visionary Giselle elevates one of the greatest Romantic ballets to new heights. When a young peasant girl discovers her lover is betrothed to another, she dies of grief, only to be enlisted by the vengeful Wilis, a ghostly army of maidens who haunt the forests, dancing to death any male mortal who crosses their path. When her beloved wanders into their grasp, Giselle carries out the ultimate act of love to free him from his fate. An ethereal descent into madness, desire, and sublime beauty that will leave you breathless.

Performance Information
Wednesday, October 18 | 7:30PM
Friday, October 20 | 7:30PM
Saturday, October 21 | 2PM
Saturday, October 21 | 7:30PM
Sunday, October 22 | 2PM
Thursday, October 26  | 7:30PM
Friday, October 27 | 7:30PM
Saturday, October 28 | 2PM
Saturday, October 28 | 7:30PM
Sunday, October 29 | 2PM

Individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 1. Subscriptions are available now. 

DAVID SEDARIS | November 1, 2017

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modern Bestiary, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC 4 Radio entitled Meet David Sedaris. David Sedaris’ new book is a collection of his diaries, entitledTheft By Finding Diaries (1977–2002).

Performance Information
Wednesday, November 1 | 8PM

Individual tickets start at $53.50 and go on sale June 2 at Noon.


The Auditorium Theatre commemorates the golden anniversary of its grand re-opening with a one-night-only celebration of dance, featuring a mixed repertory program with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet — plus more to be announced! This event memorializes the evening that the gloriously restored theatre re-opened in 1967 following a 26-year closure, when opening night patrons were treated to an unforgettable performance by New York City Ballet.

Performance Information
Sunday, November 12 | 7:30PM


Edward Villella, Honorary Chair

Join us for the Auditorium Theatre’s Annual Gala, which includes a ticket to the Golden Celebration of Dance performance, preceded by the Gala Reception and Dinner at the Standard Club. This year, the Auditorium Theatre honors Sonia Florian of the NIB Foundation with the second annual Adler and Sullivan Award, recognizing her dedication to the arts and the Auditorium Theatre. When purchasing your subscription, please add the Gala Reception and Dinner.

Individual tickets start at $41 and go on sale July 28 at 10AM. A Golden Celebration of Dance may be purchased now as part of a Create Your Own subscription package, or added on to a Series Package.  All may be purchased at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more people are also available now.


Popular Chicago vocalist Joan Curto, called “a seasoned interpreter who makes every note count” by the Chicago Tribune, celebrates the legacies and centennial birthdays of two vocal icons: Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. From the same team that brought the popular Cole Porter concert to the Auditorium last fall, the evening features Chicago favorites E. Faye Butler and Tammy McCann with Paul Marinaro, Sophie Grimm, Beckie Menzie, and Tom Michael. The show will include many of the songs that each woman truly made her own: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Oh, Lady Be Good,” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “The Man I Love,” “Stormy Weather,” and many more. This big-band celebration will be conducted by Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra.

Performance Information
Friday, November 17 | 7:30PM

Individual tickets start at $29 and go on sale July 28 at 10AM. Ella & Lena: The Ladies and Their Music is part of the American Music Series subscription package, which can be purchased now at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more people are also available now.


Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the Zelda franchise to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that includes new movements from more recently released Zelda games such as Skyward Sword and the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild, while still paying homage to classic installments like Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

The five-movement, multimedia symphony concert regales fans with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, and recalls moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Performance Information
Saturday, November 18 | 8PM

Tickets start at $38 and are available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here


SIGUR RÓS | June 3, 2017

Icelandic experimental rock band Sigur Rós has announced a new leg of North American tour dates for Spring of 2017. Continuing the experiment begun this year, the group will be performing as a trio, eschewing the string, brass, and other auxiliary musicians that have been a hallmark of live performances the past decade. Once again they will be touring without a support act, performing two career spanning sets.

As with the previous tour, this run is largely comprised of theater shows, making for some of the most intimate performances the band has presented in years. The awe-inspiring live visuals, designed by the same team behind their previous Knights of Illumination award-winning tour, have been met with universal praise, pairing with the emotional heft of the music to create a wholly subsuming experience.

Performance Information
Saturday, June 3 | 8PM

Tickets start at $79.50 and are available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here.


Closing out the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series is America’s original jazz dance company, Giordano Dance Chicago. Audience members will be taken through a range of emotions, musical genre, and dance styles as the company presents a program from its critically-acclaimed repertoire: Lost in This World, a work from choreographer-to-the-stars Liz Imperio (Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Madonna); Before My Eyes, the company’s 160th world premiere piece choreographed by GDC’s own dancer Joshua Blake Carter; Grusin Suite by Frank Chaves (River North Dance Chicago); Roni Koresh’s Exit4; Jon Lehrer’s A Ritual Dynamic; and Autumn Eckman’s Commonthread (performed to live music played by violinist Dan Myers).  Now in its landmark 54th season, this iconic company creates passionate, celebratory, and high-energy choreography, often redefining and expanding the very definition of American jazz dance.

NIB FOUNDATION – Dance Sponsor
JOYCE CHELBERG – “Made in Chicago” Dance Sponsor 

Performance Information
Saturday, June 10 | 7:30PM

Tickets start at $29 and are available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available now.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS | June 16, 2017

September saw the release of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 16th studio album Skeleton Tree and the companion film One More Time With Feeling directed by Andrew Dominik. The theatrical success of the film was such that a second run is now confirmed nationwide starting December 1. Skeleton Tree topped the chart across the globe and achieved the bands highest US chart position to date. Songs from the album will be brought to life for live audiences alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics and deep cuts.

Performance Information
Friday, June 16 | 8PM

Limited view tickets start at $49.50 and are available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here

AIR | June 20, 2017

The legendary, influential French band Air make their first American tour since 2010, including a performance at the historic Auditorium Theatre. The American twentyears Air tour serves as a reminder and celebration of the ever-surprising Air universe with their light but dense electro-acoustic pop. Created in the mid-90s and influencing several generations, Air has left its mark on the sound of its time. Since they met in a Versailles high school in the 1980s, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel have never stopped claiming the volatile aspect of their music.

Performance Information
Tuesday, June 20 | 7:30PM

Tickets start at $37.50 and are available by phone at 800.982.2787 or online here.


Under the direction of legendary Mexican choreographer and sculptor, Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima presents ¡Orgullo de la Tierra Mía!

The world-renowned Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima performs in Chicago for the first time as part of the 3rd Annual Chicago Mariachi Festival presented by the Mariachi Heritage Foundation.

Performance Information
Saturday, June 24 | 7:30PM

Tickets start at $40 and are available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here.


At the Auditorium Theatre’s fourth annual “Made in Chicago” Summer Dance Intensive, young dancers have the opportunity to study various dance forms with professionals from local Chicago dance companies, including DanceWorks Chicago, Ensemble Español, Thodos Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, and Giordano Dance Chicago. As they refine their techniques and challenge their creativity, students also learn about the profession of dance and discover the many ways this art form can benefit them as they move towards their future.

Program Information
June 26-30 (overnight housing options available)

Open to dancers ages 12-17.

Cost of tuition is $450 and includes lunches and MIC Dance Intensive t-shirt. Overnight housing costs $300 which includes residence hall accommodations with Roosevelt University, daily breakfast and dinner, and evening excursions. Registration is open until May 31. 

July 10-21, 2017 (ages 7-10)
July 24-August 4, 2017 (ages 11-14)

The Auditorium Theatre is proud to present the 13th season of its award-winning summer camp, Hands Together, Heart to Art™. This unique camp brings together young people between the ages of 7 and 14 who have experienced the death of a parent to engage in and celebrate the healing power of creative play. Through the exploration and creation of dance, theater, and music, Hands Together, Heart to Art™ encourages communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides the consolation of friendship and compassion. Small group activities are facilitated by professional healing counselors, providing campers a safe time and place to express and share their feelings with peers.

Program Information
July 10-21 (Session One, ages 7-10)
July 24-August 4 (Session Two, ages 11-14)

Tuition for Hands Together, Heart to Art™ is $50 per child. Scholarship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit HTHTA.org or call 312.341.2353. Applications for HTHTA can be found here (available in Spanish here). Camp applications and scholarship applications are due by Friday, June 23.

DANCE FOR LIFE | August 19, 2017

Now in its 26th year, Dance for Life Chicago returns to the Auditorium Theatre with a program including Chicago’s premiere dance companies – Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and The Joffrey Ballet.  Also on the program: a three-part collaborative piece with Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and Trinity Irish Dance Company; Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography; and Visceral Dance Chicago. The evening will conclude with a celebratory finale choreographed by Randy Duncan.

Proceeds from Dance for Life Chicago 2017’s benefit performance will be contributed to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Dancers United’s Dancers’ Fund, which provides financial support to dance professionals experiencing critical health and life issues.

The performance will be preceded by a Gala Celebration at Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave. Gala tickets are available for purchase on the Chicago Dancers United website.

Performance Information
Saturday, August 19 | 7:30PM

Tickets start at $25 and are on available by phone at 312.341.2300 or online here


September 7, 2017

The Auditorium Theatre and WTTW/Chicago PBS invite you to spend an evening with Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, and his directing and producing partner Lynn Novick, as they preview their new ten-part documentary series The Vietnam War (premiering on WTTW in September). Burns and Novick discuss the project and highlight excerpts from the 18-hour masterpiece, which includes testimony from nearly 100 witnesses to the war; rare, digitally-restored archival footage and photographs; and a score from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and musician/producer Atticus Ross (The Social Network). Burns’ previous long-form documentary works include Baseball, The Roosevelts, and The Civil War, which The New York Times said cemented his place asplace as “the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.”

Event Information
Thursday, September 7 | 6:30PM

Individual tickets go on sale June 1 at 10AM and will be $15 for Auditorium Theatre subscribers and WTTW members and $25 for the general public. 


US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks in conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Justice Ginsburg, who has served on the nation’s highest court since 1993, discuss her life and career. Justice Ginsburg was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and is the best-selling author of My Own Words (2016).

Event Information
Monday, September 11 | 7PM

Individual tickets go on sale July 28 on 10AM and will be $15 for students and $35 for the general public.

FATHER JOHN MISTY | September 20, 2017

After already selling out one Chicago concert, Father John Misty has announced additional headlining tour dates including a reserved-seats show at the historic Auditorium Theatre on September 20, 2017. The tour is in support of his newest record, Pure Comedy, out now on Sub Pop and Bella Union. MOJO Magazine says, “Pure Comedy is quite some trip and one that lifts Father John Misty to another level altogether.” [5/5 stars]

Support Act: Weyes Blood

Event Information
Wednesday, September 20 | 7:30PM

Tickets start at $29.50 and are on sale by phone at 800.982.2787 or online here.

SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS | September 23-24, 2017

Celebrated for its “gorgeous visual imagery” (The London Times) and“mesmerizing flow of invention” (The Boston Globe), Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut with two masterpieces by MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, known for his awe-inspiring choreography for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Folding conjures up a dreamlike world at once ancient and timeless that draws “gasps of wonder and contemplation” from the audience (San Francisco Chronicle). The groundbreaking Rite of Spring, set to Stravinsky’s famed score, brings the fresh eye of the outsider to this well-known music. Shen jettisons all narrative, responding instead with a highly chargedabstraction. “The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming,” says The New York Times.

NIB FOUNDATION – International Dance Series Sponsor

Event Information
Saturday, September 23 | 7:30PM
Sunday, September 24 | 2PM

Individual tickets start at $29 and go on sale July 28 at 10AM. Shen Wei Dance Arts is part of the International Dance Series subscription package, which can be purchased now at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more people are also available now.


September 30, 2017

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle makes her Auditorium Theatre debut with a powerful program of songs inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this performance of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in the Water,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by the Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Performance Information
Saturday, September 30 | 7:30PM

Individual tickets start at $36 and go on sale July 28 at 10AM. Kathleen Battle is part of the American Music Series subscription package, which can be purchased now at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more people are also available now.

About The Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre 2016-2017 Season is made possible in part with support from the MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, the ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL, and the PALMER HOUSE HILTON. The 2017-18 Season is made possible in part with support from the MACARTHUR FOUNDATION and the PALMER HOUSE HILTON.

The Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark.

 For more information about programming, volunteer, and donor opportunities or theatre tours, call 312.341.2310 or visit AuditoriumTheatre.org. For a complete listing of events at the Auditorium Theatre, please click here.

Auditorium Theatre, photo by Lucio Vergara | Ensemble Español, photo by Dean Paul | David Sedaris, photo by Anne Fishbein | Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne | Giordano Dance Chicago, photo by Gorman Cook Photography |  Ken Burns, photo by Justin Altman | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, photo courtesy of the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States | Shen Wei Dance Arts, photo by Stephanie Berger | Kathleen Battle, photo courtesy of Kathleen Battle
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