Theater: Dance, Chekhov and the Evanston Symphony

Bea Rashid, Dance Center Evanston founder. (Matt Glavin photo)

Dance Center Evanston celebrates 25 years in the community, Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” is opening at NU and the Evanston Symphony presents an all-German piano concert. These are among the performances on stage in an around Evanston this weekend.

Dance Center Evanston’s 25th Anniversary Performance
Dance Center Evanston celebrates 25 years in the Evanston community with a presentation of choreography by faculty members and alumni dancers! The evening will include works by Enid Smith, Glenn Leslie, Tim Tsang, Shelby Moran and Kara Roseborough and will feature a dance with 22 current and past faculty members, including Dance Center Evanston’s founder and director, Bea Rashid.
At Studio5, 1938 Dempster St., Saturday, Feb. 2, tickets $10

The Cherry Orchard
Chekhov's endearing and everlasting tragicomedy in which a family's cross generational dispute about the future of their beloved estate creates a clash between socialism and capitalism, legacy and reality in this sharp new adaptation by Stephen Karam.
At Wirtz Center, 20 Arts Circle Drive, runs Feb. 1-10, tickets $25

The Virtuoso Piano
Adam Neiman headlines the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s Virtuoso Piano concert with one of the great Romantic concertos, that by Robert Schumann. This all-German Romantic program opens with one of Mendelssohn’s most exciting overtures and concludes with Brahms’ towering First Symphony, his tribute to the symphonies of Beethoven, in particular the C Minor Fifth Symphony.
At Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Sunday, Feb. 3, tickets $32-37

Nina Simone: Four Women
In the aftermath of 1963’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Celebrate Ms. Simone’s lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.
At Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, runs through March 2, tickets $30-55

Million Dollar Quartet
This Tony Award-Winning musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
At Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through March 16, tickets $50-60

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