Unraveling the Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Saturday, February 9
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Adult $15, Youth (5–12 years) $10    Buy tickets

Update (2/5/2013): The 10 a.m. performance is sold out. Tickets are still available for the 1 p.m. performance.

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. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

About the Performers

Metropolis Quartet

Deb Stevenson (oboe/English horn), Thomas Yang (violin), Doyle Armbrust (viola), and Steven Houser (cello) met as freelance musicians in Chicago in 1994 and formed the Metropolis Oboe Quartet. Whether performing baroque masterpieces or contemporary works, the versatile musicians of Metropolis continue to redefine chamber music for a new age.


Image:
Illustration from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. Copyright 1984 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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