Upcoming Events at the Auditorium Theatre Announced

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Upcoming events have been announced for Auditorium Theatre. See the full lineup below!


"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."

THE PRIVATEBANK - Student Matinee Sponsor
THE Robert Thomas BOBINS FOUNDATION - 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.

For more information on Gala sponsorships, tables, and tickets, please contact Kelly Saroff at 312.341.2364 or ksaroff@auditoriumtheatre.org.

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."MADE IN CHICAGO" SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE | June 26-30, 2017

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.

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