November 30, 2012

Driehaus Museum Announces Lineup of Early 2013 Programs

The Driehaus Museum announces the following programs for January through March 2013:

Celebrating “The Sound”: The Music of Stan Getz
Performed by members of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, January 17
6:30 p.m.
Museum Members $30; Public $40

Hear “The Sound” come alive once again in this intimate concert performed by members of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. The performance features three of Chicago’s most sought-after performers—Greg Fishman on saxophone, Eric Hochberg on bass, and Dennis Luxion on piano—paying tribute to the legendary Stan Getz. Nicknamed “The Sound,” Getz was widely considered one of the all-time greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz history, and perhaps singularly popularized the bossa nova sound with his hit single “The Girl from Ipanema.” This trio of Chicago Jazz Orchestra musicians brings Getz’s extraordinary music to life, exploring all the genres and eras the artist enlivened throughout his career, from bebop to cool jazz, third stream, and bossa nova.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for guests who would like to explore the Museum and its collections prior to the start of the concert at 6:30 p.m.

Schubertiade, A Schubert Celebration
Presented by PianoForte Foundation
Sunday, January 27
2:30 p.m.
Museum Members $25; Public $35

During the early 1820s, the great Austrian composer Franz Schubert was part of a close-knit circle of artists and students who held intimate social gatherings and private concerts that became known as Schubertiaden. Experience the camaraderie and joy of those gatherings re-created in the beautiful, historical setting of the Driehaus Museum during this specially curated, intimate preview of PianoForte Foundation’s annual Schubertiade Festival.

To celebrate Schubert’s 216th birthday, talented performers present a sampling of chamber music works written and inspired by the prolific composer in the Driehaus Museum’s ballroom. Schubert’s music spans the emotional spectrum, from the dark drama of Der Erlkvönig to the sweet tribute of An die Musik, and this afternoon concert is guaranteed to touch every listener.

Ticket includes general admission to the Museum.

From Latin America with Love: A Night of Tango, Music and Song
Performed by Pualinho Garcia and Julie Koidin
Thursday, February 7
7:30 p.m.
Museum Members $45; Public $55

Spend a Valentine’s Day-inspired evening immersed in the sensuous dance and musical styles of Latin America. Dois no Choro, the duo featuring flutist Julie Koidin and singer-guitarist Paulinho Garcia, performs songs from a romantic South American repertoire, including tangos, waltzes, and zambas. From the sounds of Gardel to Piazzolla, listeners will fall in love with the beautiful, warm sounds of this rich musical tradition.

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a tango talk and demonstration with Koidin, an avid tango enthusiast and talented dancer, who will assist guests in learning the first steps of the tango “salida.” Guests will then enjoy South American-inspired sweets and bubbly in the Museum’s ballroom, followed by a concert at 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests who would like to explore the Museum and its collections prior to the event. Ticket price includes light fare and drinks. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Those attending this performance are invited to make the evening a true Latin love fest by enjoying dinner with our neighbors, Nacional 27®. Ticket purchasers simply present their Museum receipt or confirmation email for a special 20% discount at the restaurant.  Reservations are recommended. 

Unraveling the Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Performed by the Metropolis Oboe Quartet
Saturday, February 9
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Adult $15, Youth (5–12 years) $10

Can a picture truly paint a thousand words? Explore the myriad magical ways a work of art can communicate with us during this unique family performance presented by the Metropolis Oboe Quartet.

The quartet will perform a lively, adventurous musical score written by Chicago composer James Stephenson. The composition is based upon the beautifully illustrated book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, who also authored The Polar Express and Jumanji. During the performance, the Metropolis Oboe Quartet will focus on three selected images from the The Mysteries of Harris Burdick—“Another Place, Another Time,” “The Harp,” and “Under the Rug,” asking audience members to participate in unraveling the story behind each mysterious illustration. 

This one-hour program is best suited for children age five and older. Tickets include general admission to the Museum.

Melodrama at the Mansion: Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl
Produced and directed by Bernard Sahlins
Wednesday, February 20 & Thursday, February 21
7 p.m.
Museum Members $25; Public $35; Youth (8-12) $12

Cheer on the heroine and boo the evildoers during the second-annual dramatic reading of Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl! In the early 20th century, playwright Theodore Kremer adapted the melodramatic plot of a popular New-York Weekly serial from 1871 for the stage. Since then, audiences have been delighted by Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl, the rambunctious tale of a villainous sweatshop owner and the beautiful heroine, Bertha, who strives to earn enough money as a Manhattan seamstress to cure her sister’s blindness and reclaim her murdered father’s estate.

A group of villains appears to turn the odds against her, but the rest of the adventure-filled tale will remain a mystery until the Driehaus Museum’s staged reading of the work, which is directed and produced by Bernard Sahlins, performed by some of Chicago’s finest professional actors, and accompanied by rollicking piano music.

Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl is suitable for ages eight and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests who would like to explore the Museum and its collections prior to the start of the performance.

All the Write Women: A Cabaret Show to Salute Women’s History Month
Performed by Hilary Ann Feldman, Beckie Menzie & Marianne Murphy Orland
Saturday, March 9
6:30 p.m.
Museum Members $40; Public $50

Join three of Chicago’s favorite chanteuses—Hilary Ann Feldman, Beckie Menzie, and Marianne Murphy Orland—for an evening at the Driehaus Museum celebrating All the Write Women, the great American female lyricists of the past 100 years.

In a career that spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s, a writer named Dorothy Fields quietly wrote the lyrics to more than 400 songs for the Broadway stage and screen, many of which are now standards in our Great American Songbook. Her contributions to songwriting paved the way for the great women singer-songwriters of the ‘60s such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, as well as today’s talented female lyricists like Susan Werner, Lynn Ahrens, and Amanda McBroom. For Women’s History Month, this trio of renowned cabaret songstresses will pay homage to the work of these and other talented women.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for guests who would like to explore the Museum and its collections prior to the concert.  Guests will enjoy drinks and light fare, followed by the performance at 6:30 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Lyrical Dvořák
Performed by the Rembrandt Chamber Players
Monday, March 11
7:30 p.m.

Spend an evening immersed in the architecture and European chamber music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet for piano and string quartet is one of the most exciting chamber pieces of the Romantic era. This magnificent work will be the climactic finale to a concert that also includes two charming early 20th-century pieces: Malcolm Arnold’s Quartet for Oboe and Strings and Alberto Ginastera’s Impresiones de la Puma for flute and strings. This concert by the versatile Rembrandt Chamber Players also will highlight the winners of the organization’s 18th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. including intermission.


Highlights of the Museum Tour
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
$5 with Museum admission

Guests are immersed in the rich history of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion and its meticulous five-year restoration through this introductory tour, which also showcases the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts.

No reservations are necessary for Highlights of the Museum tours.

Twilight Tour
First and third Tuesdays of each month
6:30 p.m.

The mansion glows with warm lamplight as a Museum guide shares stories about how the Nickerson family lived and socialized during the evening hours. Twilight Tours include anecdotes about life during the Gilded Age—long before the arrival of television and computers—and a behind-the-scenes visit to Mr. Nickerson’s Billiards Room on the lower level.

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

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