January 18, 2012

Driehaus Museum Announces Winter 2012 Programs

The Driehaus Museum announces the following programs for January through March 2012:

Connecting with the Past: The Harold Washington Memorial Library Center
Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m.
Tickets: Free for ICAA members, $25 public

In his lecture Connecting with the Past: The Harold Washington Memorial Library Center, Thomas Beeby will discuss the history of the development of the design of the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. The talk will include the intellectual and artistic history of the city in relation to architecture from its inception to the time of the library’s completion. The ideas behind the planning, technical systems, and ornamental construction will also be discussed in detail.

Mr. Beeby is Chairman Emeritus of HBRA Architects in Chicago. The lecture is presented in partnership with The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Midwest Chapter.

Gypsy-Jazz with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
Thursday, January 26, 6 p.m.
Tickets: $35 for Museum members, $45 public

Swing Gitan, formed in 2001 and led by guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli, presents Gypsy-Jazz with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan. The concert celebrates the 102nd anniversary of pioneering virtuoso jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt’s birth (January 23, 1910). Swing Gitan—a quartet featuring world-class musicians on violin, rhythm guitar and upright bass—celebrates Reinhardt’s signature sound, blending the swing rhythms of early jazz with gypsy music. Tickets include complimentary cocktails and light fare. This concert is presented in partnership with Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Hollywood & Broadway: A Fine Romance
An Evening of Cabaret
Saturday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 for Museum members, $45 public

Cabaret singer Hilary Ann Feldman returns to the Driehaus Museum for a Valentine’s Day-inspired performance, Hollywood & Broadway: A Fine Romance. The theme is an old-fashioned love story between young Hollywood and beautiful Broadway, told through backstage stories, anecdotes and music from both worlds.

Tickets include complimentary cocktails and light fare.

Mark Twain in Person
Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 Museum members, $30 public

Chicago-based actor Richard Henzel brings his acclaimed, one-man show, Mark Twain in Person, to the Driehaus Museum. Combining improvisation with material from Twain’s novels, short stories, speeches and essays, Mr. Henzel recreates an authentic Mark Twain lecture, circa 1906.

Mr. Henzel is a stage, film, television, and voice-over actor who has, since 1967, performed Mark Twain in Person in forty states, Canada, Great Britain and on the Mississippi River. This program is produced in partnership with Bernard Sahlins.

Around the World with Quintet Attacca
A Special Family Program Presented in Partnership with Rush Hour Concerts
Saturday, February 25, March 3, and March 10, 10 a.m.
Tickets: Free (advance reservations required)

Children age five and older will enjoy this series of free, interactive 45-minute concerts by Quintet Attacca. Each week in Around the World with Quintet Attacca, a new theme introduces young music enthusiasts and their adult companions to basic musical concepts and helps them get to know the woodwind family by solving The Mystery of the Missing Musical Clock (February 25), choosing a Quintet Idol winner (March 3), and playing Where in the World is Quintet Attacca? (March 10). After the concert, a special treasure hunt will be available for families to explore the Museum together.

Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is an ensemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences.

Pas de Trois
Rembrandt Chamber Players Presents an Evening of French Classical Music
Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35

In Pas de Trois, Rembrandt Chamber Players salutes the works of English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold by featuring his light but exciting “Suite Bourgeoise,” paired elegantly with the impressionistic sounds of great French composers Ravel and Debussy.

Founded in the fall of 1990, the Rembrandt Chamber Players is composed of ten of the finest musicians in the Chicago area, including members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque.

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