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Student Matinee Series

Announcing the 2022 Student Matinee Series!

Take your students to the Auditorium Theatre — a National Historic Landmark — for an enriching field trip that your students will always remember! Grades K-12 are welcome!


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TOO HOT TO HANDEL: THE JAZZ GOSPEL MESSIAH

Friday, January 14, 2022 | 11AM | $10

Students will be inspired when the come to this “exuberant, jazz-gospel makeover” (Chicago Tribune) of Handel’s classic Messiah. For 17 years, Too Hot has brought Chicagoans together every Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to celebrate King’s vision of “Beloved Community.” This uplifting performance features hundreds of musicians filling the Auditorium’s historic stage with a chamber orchestra, jazz combo, a huge choir, and three gifted soloists: Alfreda Burke, Karen-Marie Richardson, and Rodrick Dixon. “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah is your grandmother’s choral classic sliced, diced, spiced, swirled, swung, amplified, and totally reinvented” (Chicago Reader.)


BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO DE AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ

Monday, February 14, 2022 | 11AM | $12

Students will enjoy one of the most famous and celebrated companies in the world bringing culture, music, dance, and costumes of Mexico to Chicago! With “whirling, kaleidoscopic splendor” (Boston Globe), the Auditorium Theatre’s Visiting Resident Company journeys from the ancient Aztec era to modern day through dances inspired by rituals, revolutions, and festivals. Featuring the renowned choreography of company founder Amalia Hernández, who “brought a brilliant visual and theatrical sense to her dances” (The New York Times) and live music provided by the Ballet Folklórico de México ensemble.


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Friday, March 4, 2022 | 11AM | $12

Watching Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can change your life. If that sounds like a slogan, it’s truth in advertising” (The New York Times). Students can see the company that for over 60 years has been “doing what few major dance organizations do: It is keeping pace with the times, and the conversation” (The Washington Post). The ground-breaking, forward-thinking company returns to Chicago as an Auditorium Theatre Visiting Resident Company.


 

WHAT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE SAYING:

“Whoa! Would you look at this place! ”
– 3rd grade student upon entering the Auditorium for our Alvin Ailey Student Matinee
“When my students saw 'Too Hot to Handel', the look on their faces was priceless! ”
– 3rd Grade Teacher
“After my students took a field trip to the Auditorium Theatre, one of my students wrote a two-page essay on his own time describing everything that he saw, from the moment they left school on the bus to head downtown, to walking into the theatre, to the performance itself, describing the experience with all of his senses. He truly enjoyed the entire experience! ”
– 4th Grade Teacher

Thank you to our Student Matinee Sponsors: