Williams & Spring Harpists
Monday, November 4
Marguerite Lynn Williams is the Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Reviews include, “ravishing harp artistry” (Charleston Today), “seamless technical polish and lyric sensitivity” (Chicago Classical Review), and “a bravura tour de force” (Miami Herald). She has performed at music festivals around the world and often collaborates with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Julie Spring has performed internationally as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. She has held the position of Principal Harp of the Hartford Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on stages throughout the United States, Canada, and Havana, Cuba.
Thursday, November 21
Anna Nalick, a 20-year-old California native, is one of a new breed of singer-songwriters who recently put the finishing touches on Wreck of the Day, her debut album. The result is a refreshing blend of sophisticated wordplay, haunting melodies, sublime textures and atmosphere, and the arrival of an unmistakable new voice in pop music, full of youthful exuberance and provocative reflection. Ms. Nalic is inspired by a variety of sources not just her own experiences but observations of situations or relationships with people she’s known. “Whatever the source of the interpretation, the feelings I get are personal. I find a need to write these feelings down in words and the melody follows." With Wreck of the Day, Anna Nalick touches on a lot of big things, in a personal and engaging way, and invites the world to join her."
Bopology Swing Band
Thursday, February 20
Established in 1992, the Swing revival was just beginning when Bopology became some of its Chicago fabric. Having three CD’s to their credit and recently nominated by the Chicago Reader as a 2017 Best Jazz Band, they are still an active influence in the vintage sound community. Their musical time period: a 1950’s and 1960’s sound delivered through an immersion in Modern Swing. Bopology recreates the swing revival of 1998 – 2002 with music from the movie “The Mask” (1996 Warner Bros. Jim Carey) along with jazz standards and jump blues.
Thursday, February 27
From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” a Heartache Tonight show is a true Eagles concert experience featuring all the timeless classic songs from one of the greatest rock bands of all time. With meticulous attention to every detail, Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge American rock powerhouse that produced hits over four decades. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and Don Henley’s beautifully evocative “Heart Of The Matter.”
Comedy & Variety
Thursday, March 19
A regular performer on WGN Morning News, Mike Toomey has appeared in concert with such names as George Carlin, Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. He has performed on numerous television programs including; HBO, MTV and A&E. He has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982. Mike is also the creator and star of the one-person show “TV and Me,” which enjoyed a highly successful run at Chicago’s Apollo Theater. Jon Brady, past International Jugglers’ Association Juniors Champion, is a highly skilled toss juggler and has performed on cruise ships. He has won numerous awards and acclaim at IJA and World Juggling competitions. Frankie Ace is a comedy magician, performing at numerous festivals and private events throughout the Midwest. He has taught magic since 1996. His comedy magic show is high energy, family friendly, and audience interactive.