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Harris Theater Gala Performance: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble presents Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group defines artistic perfection with Morris’s masterwork Dido and Aeneas. Based on Henry Purcell’s opera, the modern dance is performed with a live orchestra and chorus, the Mark Morris Music Ensemble, with Morris as conductor. 

Dido, Queen of Carthage, is in love with Trojan Prince Aeneas. A sorceress who desires the destruction of Carthage and its queen crafts an evil plan. The sorceress sends a messenger in the form of Mercury to tell Aeneas he must leave Carthage and sail for Italy where he is to found a new Troy. Reeling from the abandoning by her lover, Dido kills herself, her death lamented by mourning cupids.

Mark Morris is hailed as one of the most prodigiously gifted choreographers of his time. A story centered on the nexus of love, sex, destruction, and death is prime material for dance. Mark Morris Dance Group embodies these sentiments and packs their movement with meaning

All ticket buyers are invited to the after-party in the newly renovated lobbies with the Mark Morris Dance Group.  Enjoy complimentary cocktails and sweets!

Exclusive $250 tickets include an invitation to the pre-performance dinner, premium performance seating, and access to the after-party.

Cocktail attire. 

Vocal Soloists

Marguerite Krull, soprano
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo-soprano
Jason Weisinger, tenor
Douglas Williams, baritone

Tickets $42-$250