The Auditorium Theatre is thrilled to produce The Billy Strayhorn Festival, a three month long festival this fall honoring Strayhorn throughout the city of Chicago in celebration of the 100th birthday of this jazz legend. Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn will serve as the culminating performance and festival finale on the Auditorium Theatre’s stage. Lush Life will feature Broadway star Darius de Haas, cabaret artist Joan Curto, and arranger/orchestrator/pianist Alan Broadbent with the Too Hot to Handel orchestra, The Rookery Festival Chorus, a 30-voice-all-male choir arranged by Bill Chin, and the Joel Hall Dancers. Musical direction by Bruce Mayhall Rastrelli.

For more information on The Billy Strayhorn Festival, click here.

Join us for A Gala Benefiting the Auditorium Theatre.
Cocktails and dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago followed by this performance of Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn.  Gala tickets are $500 and tables start at $5,000, and include a ticket to the performance.
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Part of our “Made in Chicago” Music Series.

Phone: 312.341.2300
Box Office: 50 E Congress Pkwy
Groups of 10+ are available now.
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The Lead Foundation supporter for The Billy Strayhorn Festival is THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST with additional support provided by THE JOYCE FOUNDATION.