2019-20 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! You’ll also receive a FREE Classroom Companion that connects to National Learning Standards and helps prepare your students for the performances. Grades K-12 welcome!

START YOUR ORDER TODAY! 312.341.2300 or click here.

A non-refundable 25% deposit is required in order to place your order and receive an invoice. You can make your deposit with a credit card over the phone, or click here to download an order form that you can include when you mail your deposit.


National Geographic Live — Between River & Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon

WED, SEPT 25, 2019 @ 11AM | $10/PERSON

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon becoming a National Park! Writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride talk about their adventure traveling the length of the canyon on foot and the many environmental threats that the National Park faces today. Accompanied by McBride’s stunning photos and videos that showcase the beauty of the landmark canyon.

Curriculum Connection: Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Visual Art


Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

FRI, JAN 17, 2020 @ 11AM | $10/PERSON

Join us ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for an “exuberant, jazz-gospel makeover” (Chicago Tribune) of Handel’s Messiah and uplift King’s vision of a “beloved community.” With fiery soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; a chamber orchestra, jazz combo, and 100-person choir under the baton of Suzanne Mallare Acton; and pianist Alvin Waddles, famous for his jaw-dropping cadenzas, your students’ are sure to be inspired and uplifted.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, Music, and Social Studies.

Add a Residency!

  • FREE city-wide Too Hot Poetry Contest!
  • Too Hot to Handel and Dr. King’s Beloved Community:  Music or Poetry Residency.

(Please Note: additional costs may apply.)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

FRI, MAR 6, 2020 @ 11AM $12/PERSON MUST BE BOOKED & PAID BY JAN 17, 2020 | $15/ PERSON AFTER JAN 17, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, “one of the best known companies in the world” (The Associated Press) that “never fails to inspire and delight” (Chicago Tonight), returns to its Chicago home of more than 50 years. The “extraordinary Ailey dancers” (Chicago Tribune) are known for their incredible artistry and mastery of modern, ballet, hip-hop, and everything in between.  The Student Matinee ends with Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, one of the most widely-seen modern dance works in the world.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, Dance, and Social Studies.


What Young People & Educators Say:

“Whoa! Would you look at this place!”
— 3rd grade student upon entering the Auditorium for our Alvin Ailey Student Matinee in 2017.

“When my students saw Too Hot to Handelthe 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 2019-20 Season Student Matinee Sponsors: