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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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64 PhotograPhy © Matt Knighton/SoftBanK teaM JaPan (aMerica'S cuP); © the george Balanchine truSt, Photo © Daniel azoulay (MiaMi Ballet); toDD roSenBerg (orcheStra); tiMe StoPS PhotograPhy (Polo) Posh Pursuits Whatever their fancy, chicago's a-list can bask in an array of cultural riches this season as the city hosts four World- class events. By Meg Mathis MUTI DOES VERDI. "Verdi is the composer of a lifetime," says Riccardo Muti. "[He] communi- cates to us all our feelings: our hope, our joy, and our sadness," the Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director continues. "He speaks to mankind. And his music in the future will be more and more important." As part of the city's yearlong Shakespeare 400 celebration, Muti con- ducts Verdi's final opera, Falstaff—a work that continues to challenge the conductor of nearly 50 years. Says Muti, "The score should be per- formed in a very light, nuanced way, almost like in Mozart, despite the full and heavy orchestration." April 21, 23, and 26. Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-294- 3000; MIAMI MOVES. Thirty years after George Balanchine-trained New York City Ballet principal dancer Edward Villella launched Miami City Ballet, the renowned company makes its Harris Theater debut under clockwise, from above: Enjoy the finer things in life this season as Chicago hosts can't-miss offerings like the America's Cup World Series qualifying event, Miami City Ballet's 30th anniversary season, Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the return of Chicago Polo's summer tournaments. artistic director Lourdes Lopez. "It's true that there are many men choreogra- phers and many male directors of companies," observes Harris's outgo- ing president Michael Tiknis, "but there are equally as great a number of very important women in the ballet world, and this is a really unique opportunity." Among the highlights of Miami City Ballet's two separate programs is Heatscape, which choreographer-to- watch Justin Peck presents against a backdrop by artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic 2008 Barack Obama Hope image. April 29-30, 7:30 pm. 205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-334-7777; SCENE Out and abOut

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