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“Next season, The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20 years in the city of Chicago with a series of programs exploring the expressive power of dance. By telling stories drawn from diverse sources, by embracing our history and our future, we celebrate the voice and spirit of this great American city,” notes the company’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater of The Joffrey’s 2014-15 anniversary season which includes George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, and Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. The season also features Joffrey/Chicago premieres by Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, Alexander Ekman, and more. Performances at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 50 E. Congress Parkway are accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic, conducted by Scott Speck. For subscription information, visit

Due to an electrical fire, this week's performances of the Hamburg Ballet’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler have been cancelled at the Harris Theater. Ticket holders will be contacted by a Harris Theater representative.

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with with Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyanon Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. and with Grammy Award–winning double bassist Edgar Meyer on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($40–$95) are available at and at 312-334-7777.

At noon on Thursday, March 6, The Chicago High School for the Arts presents its Eat to the Beat program at the Harris Theater. Tickets ($5) are available at and at the box office on 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago.

Brazos y Abrazos (Arms and Embraces) performs March 13-16 at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center’s Ballroom Theater on 10 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. In addition to choreography by Valentin-Martinez, the production features music by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. Tickets ($10-$20) are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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