The Auditorium Theatre has announced its upcoming schedule for the 2016/2017 season. It features a performance and celebration of Cole Porter’s 125th birthday, a performance by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, “Too Hot Too Handel,” and more. Coming up on September 24, Joan Curto directs and performs in the 125th birthday celebration of the master of the American Songbook, Cole Porter. Joining Curto will be Chicago vocalists Paul Marinaro, Tammy McCann, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael. On November 11, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic returns to the Auditorium Theatre stage to perform The Mississippi River: Black and Blues. Artistic Director Orbert Davis continues his exploration of his African roots in the diversity and drama of the Mississippi River, giving inspiration to this world premiere.
The new piece will delve into the river’s historic influence and the evolution of the music and culture that traveled upward. “Too Hot Too Handel” returns to the Auditorium Theatre for its 12th year on January 14-15 featuring soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson. Legendary pianist Alvin Waddles will join the trio. The annual performance over Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday weekend combines George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, with a traditional classical score of jazz, gospel and blues. For more information and to purchase tickets visit auditoriumtheatre.org.