Family-friendly musical performances take center stage in March

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Michael FolkerEvery month there are hundreds live performances in theaters across the Chicago area. This month my email is full of live music performance details. These are family-friendly performances that will keep everyone from the oldest family member to the kindergartner entertained. The information below comes from recent press releases, so be certain to check out the websites listed for the latest details.

The amazingly creative Chicago Sinfonietta performs Primal Instincts in March. As with all Chicago Sinfonietta concerts there are interesting guest performers and unique collaborations including Cristina Pato on the Spanish bagpipes, singers from Roosevelt University CCPA Conservatory Chorus and the Glen Ellyn children’s chorus Anima. The Chicago Sinfonietta performs “Primal Instincts” at the Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, Naperville, Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. and at Symphony Center, Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Here’s the best line in the press release, “In keeping with the mystical bohemian theme of the night, before the concert and at intermission, audiences will be have the opportunity to take part in palm readings, have their fortunes read with tarot cards and participate in prize giveaways” This is certain to be unlike any other symphony concert you’ve ever attended. Ticket prices vary based upon the venue, so be sure to visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

Governor’s State University’s Center for Performing Arts hosts the United States Army Field Band, known as the Jazz Ambassadors America’s Big Band, on March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to this event are free, with a limit of four per household. Here’s how the website describes the event, “Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group’s creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.” Governor’s State University is located in University Park. For more information, visit the Center for Performing Arts website.

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, has a buy one, get one free ticket deal on March 15, April 5, May 17, June 14, July 12, and August 9. One child under 17 will be admitted free with each adult ticket purchase for an evening filled with special gifts from Million Dollar Quartet. We’ve been to the show several times with different family members and everyone had a great time. You know this isn’t going to be a “stay quiet and sit in your seat” show when the pre-show announcement encourages people to open their hard candy during the show. The point is that it’s a concert as much as a stage play. Whatever you do, don’t leave after what you think is the final bow. There’s a Jerry Lee Lewis segment that you won’t want to miss. Million Dollar Quartet is at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit the Apollo Theater’s website.

 

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Michael Falkner image courtesy of City Winery.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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