Say yes to Chicago November concerts


There’s a slew of different beats to reap this fall, as this list of shows focused on women shows.

Joliet native and classical trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden takes the stage with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) for the city premiere of Vivian Fung’s Trumpet Concerto as part of CYSO’s “Autumn Concert” at Orchestra Hall (November 17). Bowden, who is already a Global Music Award winner, will be presented with the CYSO 2021 Alumni Award at the concert.

A conversation about the trumpeter working in a male dominated field was the inspiration for Fung’s new work. “Ideas of effort, overcoming challenges, frustration, passion, and ultimately joy and celebration are all explored in this piece. Mary’s journey was a real inspiration for the writing of this piece, and I’m delighted that the piece is making its Chicago debut at CYSO, ”said Fung

“It’s such an honor to have our alumnus Mary Elizabeth Bowden on our stage,” adds conductor Allen Tinkham. “This is an exceptional program that we can’t wait to show you. But it’s especially gratifying to bring a new work to the orchestral scene, especially a work written by such a gifted composer, who also happens to be a woman. We hope that this work will soon be accepted in the classical music repertoire.

To dance
To celebrate his return to the stage at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform “Fall Series: Re / Turn” (November 18-21). “For our return to Harris, I thought deeply about what would excite audiences as we all go back to see live performances,” says artistic director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. “The… program is a great mix of new plays, beloved favorites and artists making their Hubbard Street debuts! I am interested in expanding the spectrum of contemporary dance in our repertoire, while also expanding the reach of our audience.

Audience favorite Ana María Martínez returns to Chicago Lyric Opera to play the main character of “Florencia en el Amazonas” (November 13-28), the first Spanish-language work to be presented in Lyric’s main opera season. Composed by the late Daniel Catán to a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain, the dreamlike play follows an opera diva as she embarks on a life-changing journey to her hometown in Brazil. The cast includes mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel and soprano Gabriella Reyes in her lyrical debut.

Emilie Modaff plays in the first Chicago of “Hundred Days” (November 7-January 9) at The Chopin theater. Presented by Kokandy Productions, the musical features folk-punk songs from The Bengsons (Abigail and Shaun Bengson) who wrote the series book with playwright Sarah Gancher about how they spent the last 100 days on earth.

E. Faye Butler reprizes her role as US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in “Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer)” by Cheryl L. West (until November 21) at Goodman Theater. Among the spirituals performed by Butler are “We Shall Not Be Moved”, “I’m on My Way to Freedom” and “I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round”.

Award-winning Broadway actress and singer Karen Mason helps Davenport Piano Bar and Cabaret marks its 23rd anniversary with “Vaccinatin ‘Rhythm” (November 4-7). “It’s been 23 years since Davenport’s opened and I was there,” Mason says. “I am delighted to be back, once again, to celebrate over two decades of music and making memories!”

The new documentary “Karen Dalton: At my pace” features footage of the late folk legend, unearthed material and conversations with his daughter Abralyn Baird, along with commentary from collaborators and friends including Nick Cave and Vanessa Carlton. The film is exclusively available in Chicago via Music Box Direct. Click on here for more information.


Image: “Karen Dalton: In My Own Time” courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment.


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