“With this program, we celebrate the evolution of instrumental music on an epic scale, from ancient to modern,” explains Music Director Allen Tinkham of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ spring 2014 concert which begins with Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke and concludes with the U.S. premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra.
“There will be music featuring ethnic Chinese percussion, among the oldest known musical instruments, and music featuring the turntable, a machine we thought we knew for many decades, now an instrument capable of surprising musicality. We'll conclude with Bartok’s iconic Concerto for Orchestra, named for its virtuosic treatment of every instrument in the orchestra. It will be an exciting and highly entertaining evening for musician and audience member alike.”
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 11, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on 220 S. Michigan Avenue. For tickets and more information, visit cyso.org.
In Oakbrook Terrace, Drury Lane Theatre offers a Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a performance of Les Miserables at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. For reservations, call 630-530-8300 or visit www.drurylane.com.
The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire will offer performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. For tickets, call 847-634-0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.
The Chicago-area premiere of the comedy Miracle on South Division Street has a 2:30 p.m. performance on Mother’s Day at the Theatre at the Center on 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, Indiana. Tickets are available at www.theatreatthecenter.com.