Auditorium Theatre Chicago Names Michelle Obama Honorary Chair for 125th Season

Auditorium Theatre Chicago Names Michelle Obama Honorary Chair for 125th Season

The Auditorium Theatre of Chicago has named First Lady Michelle Obama as honorary chair for their historic 125th Season. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule will serve as Honorary Co-chairs.

Today's announcement celebrates the milestone 125th Anniversary of this Chicago institution that has been called "the eighth wonder of the world" by many.

Built in 1889 by the pioneering genius Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, along with their young draftsman Frank Lloyd Wright, the Auditorium Theatre Building was the epitome of modern design, the largest structure in the United States and the tallest in Chicago. It housed not only the Auditorium Theatre, but also a luxurious 400-room hotel and 136 offices.

During the grand opening night of the theatre, attendee President Benjamin Harrison was evidently so impressed that he was rumored to have whispered to Vice President Levi P. Morton, “New York surrenders, eh?”

The Auditorium’s 125th Anniversary Season showcases the incredible diversity and scope that has graced this historic landmark stage for 125 years,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. Batterson continued saying "From National Conventions to stunning theatrical performances, breathtaking ballet to the most heart-pounding rock concerts, this building has seen a little bit of everything and true history lives within the intricate walls that are sure to house another 125 years of extraordinary talent and mesmerizing performances.”

Highlights of the 2014-2015 anniversary season include...

  • International Dance Series with six announced world-class dance companies including The Royal Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
  • The “Made in Chicago Dance Series, presenting Chicago’s premiere dance companies.
  • The “Made in Chicago Variety Series including comedy acts and music performances (some still to be announced).
  • A  free Made in Chicago Film Series dedicated to Chicago films including movies filmed at the Auditorium Theatre.

The theatre will also present Special Community Outreach programming including the Preservation Snapshots Lecture Series, an in-depth architectural lecture series in collaboration with Landmarks Illinois; and many more collaborations with Chicago’s premiere cultural institutions throughout the season.

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