June 06, 2012

Driehaus Museum Announces Lineup of Summer Programs

The Driehaus Museum announces the following programs for July through September 2012:

Special Event
Independence Day Celebration!
Sunday, July 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Free Outdoor Festivities

Celebrate America’s independence at the Driehaus Museum. Throughout the afternoon, a barbershop quartet will serenade guests on the Mansion’s front porch and special treats will surprise and delight Museum visitors of all ages. So put on your patriotic best and stop by the Museum for an afternoon of Gilded Age summer fun!

Guided Tour
Help Wanted: The Summer Servants’ Tour
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, July 2 through September 14, 5:30 p.m.
Adults $15, Youth (12 years and under) $10

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson are seeking to hire new domestic help after a recent “incident” at their mansion resulted in the dismissal of several employees. If you have the skill set required for domestic service, please present yourself for a special evening employment interview led by one of the few remaining trusted servants. Background information about the illustrious proprietors, the magnificent residence, and the various vacant positions will be discussed with potential candidates.

This summer, the Driehaus Museum presents a new, living history guided tour that is designed for visitors who are curious to discover how the Nickerson servants lived and cared for their distinguished employers and unique residence. With one of the Nickersons’ trusted servants as your guide, discover the true historic inspiration for the “incident,” explore hidden passageways and staircases, and learn about the life of a domestic servant in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Summer Servants’ tour is suitable for all ages.  Comfortable shoes are recommended, as the ‘back of the house’ is explored via several staircases.  Space is limited, advance ticket purchase is required.

Nickerson Lecture Series
The Gilded Progressive: Edith Wharton’s Literary and Autobiographical Designs
With Dr. Caroline Hellman, Assistant Professor of English, New York City College of Technology
Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m.

Although Edith Wharton is an author associated with novels of good manners, old New York, and Gilded Age opulence, this characterization of her legacy does not reflect her significant charitable work during World War I. This talk considers Wharton’s design sensibility in the contexts of her fiction and her war reportage, reconciling reputation and reality.

This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2012 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

Caroline Hellman is an Assistant Professor of English at City Tech, City University of New York. Her book, Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home, was published by Routledge in 2011. Dr. Hellman was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar in American Literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her teaching and research interests concern the connotations of place and constructions of the domestic in 19th through 21st-century American literature, as well as literary inheritance.
Museum doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections prior to the lecture. As space is limited, reservations are required.

A Harpsichordist’s Favorites:
Performance by David Schrader

Sunday, September 30, 3 p.m.
$30 Adults, $15 Student with valid ID
Presented in partnership with Mostly Music Chicago

David Schrader, the world-renowned harpsichordist, will play his favorite pieces in celebration of his 60th birthday.  Equally at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano, or fortepiano, David Schrader is “truly an extraordinary musician ... [who] brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instruments, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of them” (Norman Pelligrini, WFMT, Chicago). A performer with wide-ranging interests and accomplishments, Mr. Schrader has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Schrader is on the faculty of Roosevelt University for performance and academic studies. For 25 years he has been the organist for the Church of the Ascension in Chicago. He received a Doctor of Music degree in organ from Indiana University as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Mr. Schrader also earned bachelor’s degrees in piano and organ from the University of Colorado.

The program for this special one-time, one-hour recital will be announced from the stage, and a reception will follow Mr. Schrader’s performance. As space is limited, advance reservations are required. For additional information, visit MostlyMusicChicago.com.

Guided Tour
Highlights of the Museum Tour
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. 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 daily tours.

Guided Tour
McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturday of each month through November 24, 1 p.m.
Tour $20. Tour with Driehaus Museum admission $30

Join Chicago historian Sally Kalmbach on a walking tour of McCormickville. Participants will step back in time and spend an afternoon exploring the rich and varied history of the neighborhood. Through visits to sites that still exist, historic photographs, and contemporary anecdotes, Kalmbach recaptures a time when magnificent mansions lined the streets surrounding the Driehaus Museum.

Advance reservations are suggested but not required. The tours depart from the Museum and will take place rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Save the Date
Jazzy and Mellow Cellos
Monday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
$35 Adults
Presented in partnership with the Rembrandt Chamber Players.

Rembrandt Chamber Players opens its 2012-2013 concert season by celebrating timeless songs and future tales in chamber music. The evening will begin with a futuristic interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s unique Pulcinella Suite, which lends itself to alternate instrumentations more than any other of the composer’s works. Next, Eugene Friesen’s Low Fives for Viola and Two Cellos, composed for Rembrandt Chamber Players nearly 10 years ago, brings a unique, fun sound to the ensemble. The finale of this performance is a timeless audience favorite: Schubert’s String Quintet, which utilizes, uniquely, two cellos throughout.

For additional information, visit RembrandtChamberPlayers.org.

Tickets to all programs, excluding the daily Highlights of the Museum Tour, can be purchased online via the Museum’s website, DriehausMuseum.org/Programs. Guests may also call 312 482 8933, ext. 21 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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