ON GRACE, Savion Glover and More Set for Harris Theater's 2014 Season

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In the midst of its milestone 10th season, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance heads into the new year with can't-miss performances as part of the Harris Theater Presents series, including a special addition to the 2013-2014 season: the Chicago debut of On Grace, a work-in-progress performance on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from Drama Desk Award-winner Anna Deavere Smith and cellist Joshua Roman.

A brief summary of On Grace and a complete list of Harris Theater Presents performances in 2014 can be found below. All performances take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.

Tickets are available at harristheaterchicago.org, or by calling the Box Office at 312.334.7777.

On Grace (work-in-progress)

Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $25

The University of Chicago and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance present On Grace, a work-in-progress performance conceived and created by renowned actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith in collaboration with cellist Joshua Roman.

In On Grace, Smith explores ideas of forgiveness and survival in her signature brand of theater where she performs verbatim excerpts of interviews she conducted with renowned scholars, theologians, and politicians, including the late Rev. Peter Gomes, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Rabbi David Wolpe.

The performance will feature two parts: a viewing of the work-in-progress On Grace and an audience discussion. The audience will be invited to ask questions and discuss their own concept of grace as it relates to their life experience.

Savion Glover's STePz

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $30 - $55

Under the direction of Savion Glover, Savion Glover's STePz is an exuberant celebration of tap. Glover and his ensemble of dancers take tap dance to new heights, fusing music selections of the past with Glover's iconic style and energy. This production of Savion Glover's STePz highlights Glover's capability of all complexities of jazz phrasing-both bass line and melody, the wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return.

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $15 - $30

Famed violinist Gidon Kremer and chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, consisting of young musicians from the Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), return to the Harris Theater in 2014. The ensemble has gained a reputation for its high artistic quality, the exceptional talent of individual musicians, and Kremer's innovative approach to repertoire. This program features Kremer as a solo violinist in pieces by Weinberg and Shostakovich. Kremer serves as the orchestra's artistic director and violinist.

Hamburg Ballet

Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $40 - $95

Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler premiered in June of 1975. Since that time, it has become one of Hamburg Chief Choreographer John Neumeier's most important and defining works, now part of the repertory at the Paris Ope?ra Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet. Inspired by his great love of Mahler's music, Neumeier created this timeless ballet to express all the emotions and feelings that the Third Symphony's score evokes in its listeners. In addition to the choreography, Neumeier also designed the costumes and lighting concept for the ballet.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $40 - $95

February 27: Constellation

This ground-breaking collaboration with visual artist Jim Campbell looks to explore the orientation of our bodies to light. Constellation is luminous and lucid, encompassing and intimate. The unique score meshes Baroque music, sung by the regal Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani in her Chicago debut, with contemporary music by Leslie Stuck, Somei Satoh, and Benjamin Juodvalkis.

February 28: Meyer

Alonzo King's collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning composer and bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer is a welcoming piece of stunning moments, heart-piercing melodies, and touches of narrative rarely seen in King's choreography. Created for the Company's 30th anniversary, Meyer is lusciously textured with a striking backdrop of synchronized water, created by the Academy Award-winning designer Jim Doyle. Meyer speaks of the complexities of human behavior in a piece that pulses with playfulness. King's solos and duets alternate from exhilarating, tear-up-the-space dancing to his sensitive and at times contentious partnering.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Michael Hill Series

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by Peter Danish