October 2017–May 2018

Logan Center School Matinee Program for students and teachers

The sixth season of the Logan Center School Matinee Program offers a dynamic series of free performances for students and teachers in grades K–12 across the Chicagoland area.

Each matinee features world class artists in engaging educational presentations. Our matinee programs also include teacher workshops prior to each performance designed to support educators in connecting field trip experience with classroom learning and common core learning standards. Our innovative field trips introduce youth to a diverse range of experiences providing opportunities for dynamic learning, critical inquiry, and cultural engagement.

The matinee programs take place throughout the school year in the state-of-the-art Performance Hall at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Matinees are offered on weekday mornings throughout the school year from October through May.

Download the  2017-2018 Ticket Request Form here.

 

2017/18 SCHOOL MATINEE SCHEDULE

 

Title: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Date: October 10, 2017

Grade Level: 6-12

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music

Description:

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble features seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who are continuing the tradition begun by their father, jazz legend Phil Cohran. The band freely mixes the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk. They have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. They have performed widely including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Their performances are captivating and inspiring for students and teachers alike.

 

Title: Blues with Billy Branch

Date: October 16, 2017

Grade Level: 4-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music

Description:

Billy Branch is an ambassador of the Chicago Blues. He has won multiple awards. He and his band, the Sons of Blues share this cultural legacy around the world. Billy is a Blues education pioneer. In addition to recording and performing, he's taught literally thousands of children. His internationally recognized “Blues in Schools Program,” is committed to teaching about the Blues as the roots of America's music. This interactive performance will teach students and teachers to play their own harmonicas!

 

Title: Sphinx Virtuosi

Date: October 25, 2017

Grade Level: K-5 and 6-12

Discipline: Music

Time: 10:00-11:00a(K-5) 12:00p-1:00p(6-12)

Description: The SPHINX VIRTUOSI is one of the nation's most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. At once a bridge between minority communities and the classical music establishment, they continue to garner critical acclaim during their annual national tours. The Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire. Masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mozart are performed alongside the more seldom presented works by composers of color. This is a rare educational opportunity.

 

Title: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF)

Date: October 30, 31, November 1, 2

Grade Level: K-8

Time: Times vary

Discipline: Film

Description:

Enjoy stories on the big Screen!  The chicago International Children’s Film Festival invites educators and students to view international films.  After screenings, children are engaged in discussions with filmmakers and festival staff.  Register with the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Tickets at facets.org.***Schools are responsible for purchasing their own bussing and tickets for these CICFF programs.

 

Title: Imani Winds

Date: November 14, 2017

Grade Level: 6-12

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music

Description:

The Grammy-nominated wind quintet, has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging American, European, African and Latin American traditions. Imani Winds’ touring schedule has taken them across the globe. Their passion for education makes their performances vibrant and memorable for all.

 

Title: Flamenco: The Music of Movement

Date: November 28, 2017

Grade Level: K-5

Time: 10;30-11:30a

Discipline: Dance

Description:

This dynamic ensemble, featuring a trio of musicians and a solo dancer, showcases the evolution of flamenco. Audiences will hear Arabic and Balkan rhythms as well as classical turn-of-the-century pieces. After showcasing the influences and traditional style of flamenco, the performers will demonstrate examples of projects flamenco artists have explored in recent years which incorporate art forms like hip hop into their work. This will lead into some of the quartet’s unique interpretations informed by Gypsy jazz and the larger American jazz repertoire.

Urban Gateways partnership


 

Title: Harambee Pre-Kwanzaa Performance

Date: December 6, 2017

Grade Level: K-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music/Theater

Description:

Harambee is an exciting multi-media musical presentation celebrating family, community, and  culture.  It features Kwame Steve Cobb and Chavunduka, performing songs from their highly acclaimed recording, Seven Principles, the first contemporary collection of original Kwanzaa songs. It is an immersive educational experience that teaches the audience about the principles and culture of Kwanzaa which can be celebrated year round.

 

Title: Muntu

Date: January 17, 2018

Grade Level: K-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Dance

Description:

Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 

The company is highly regarded for its innovative repertoire, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. Their performances exemplify the best in arts education, teaching audiences in an experiential style.

 

Title: Voice of Dance with Dance Works Chicago

Date: February 21, 2018

Grade Level: 4-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Dance

Description:

Celebrating unique individual voices and finding harmony in collaboration, DanceWorks Chicago is dedicated to creating an environment conducive to nurturing experiences of significance. The breadth of the works presented will showcase multiple movement vocabularies and styles through which choreographers express themselves. Furthermore, the layer of the human voice in the soundscape accompanying the dance, will expose audiences to another layer of artistic expression able to be articulated by the human body. DanceWorks Chicago will energize and inspire everyBODY.

Urban Gateways partnership

 

Title: Black Girls Can Fly

Date: February 27

Grade Level: K-5

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Theater

Description:

Black Girls Can Fly is a play about a ten year old girl from Chicago named Bessie Mae. Her fear of staying alive has forced her to stay in doors.  When an opportunity to take a trip with her parents presents itself, Bessie Mae plans to decide if she is going to allow her fear to enable or empower her to fly! Produced and directed by award winning artist Sydney Chatman, this production features youth from the South SIde of Chicago.

 

Title: Mandala Arts

Date: March 7, 2018

Grade Level: K-5

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Dance/Theater

Description:

Talking monkeys, shape-shifting deer, and ten-headed demons. Mandala Arts is proud to present the classic tale of Ram, the brave soldier, who must save the beautiful Sita from the clenches of a conniving demon king. Told throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Ramayana will come to life through shadow puppetry and dance from Bali and India. This performance introduces students to Southeast Asian culture through creative storytelling.

 

Title: Japanese Storyteller/Karin Amano

Date: March 14, 2018

Grade Level: K-5

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Storytelling

Description:

Originally from Japan, Karin was trained in Tokyo in Japanese traditional theatre, song, and dance. Karin has been performing at festivals, schools, libraries and Walt Disney World since the 1990s. She uses the kind of stylized movements that one sees in the Kabuki theater. She plays multiple roles spontaneously or picks audience members to participate in her show. The audience will learn Japanese words and folk rhythms. She adapts folktales, comedic children’s stories, and tales from Japanese mythology.

 

Title: Mearra-Selkie from the Sea

Date: March 21, 2018

Grade Level: 4-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music/Theater

Description:

“Mearra-Selkie from the Sea” is a Celtic Fairytale Fantasy, based on the story of a fanciful mermaid-like creature name Mearra, who magically transforms from a seal to a beautiful young woman in order to be with her human love Ian.  Throughout this musical extravaganza, creator, Linda Marie Smith and her musical ensemble, play to beautiful hand-drawn animation, adding layers of richness to the joyous and emotional tale of love, loss and transformation. This one-of-a-kind multimedia concert is a mystical multi-sensory adventure!

 

Title: Diane Ferlatte

Date: April 11, 2018

Grade Level: 4-8

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Storytelling

Description:

Grammy nominated storyteller Diane Ferlatte is an award winning performer who has captivated audiences across six continents. In addition to historical & personal stories, Diane draws from a deep well of folktales, myths, legends, & fables to inform, entertain, and inspire. While many of her stories & songs have African and African American roots, she loves to tell any story that touches upon our common humanity, history & culture. She brings her tales to life while accompanied by her musical sidekick Erik Pearson on banjo & guitar.


 

Title: Word is Rhythm

Date/Grade Level: April 23 (K-5), April 24 (6-8), April 25 (9-12)

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Poetry

Description:

This annual celebration of Poetry Month provides a unique opportunity to come together and share both classic and original poetry. Participating schools can perform on the Logan Center stage showcasing their work as young authors. Each day of the festival also includes a reading by an outstanding author whose work demonstrates that poetry can live on the page and the stage. Listening to the powerful words and stories of students as they take the stage is a highlight of our matinee season.

 

 

Title: Jitterbug to Jazz Hands: Dance Over the Years

Date: May 2, 2018

Grade Level: 6-12

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Dance

Description:

Through dynamic choreography, and audience participation, Cerqua Rivera explores connections between jazz music and dance. In this engaging show, students take a journey through the history of jazz and its dance: from the New Orleans style of the early 1900s, the “Swing” and “Big Band” phenomena of the 30s, Be-bop of the 40s, the free and avant-garde jazz of the 60s, the Latin influences, the jazz/rock fusion of the 70s, R&B/Soul, and the compelling ways dance can tell a story.


 

Title: Third Coast Percussion

Date: May 9, 2018

Grade Level: K-6

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Music

Description:

A Fun, Interactive, and Educational Presentation Introducing the Building Blocks of Music"

Performances by Third Coast Percussion are interspersed with teaching moments that introduce the building blocks of music (rhythm, melody, and timbre) through active participation in a series of interactive activities including clapping, singing, and a listening game. Students learn about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world, as well as in their own kitchen cabinets.

 

Title: Stories Around the World

Date: May 16, 2018

Grade Level: K-5

Time: 10:30-11:30a

Discipline: Storytelling

Description:

Live storytelling is especially important today. Listening to stories develops important skills in critical thinking, problem solving and self expression. Storytellers teach us history and culture while helping us to laugh and think deeply about life lessons. In this program storytellers from different cultural traditions come together to share engaging stories that will inspire students to learn more about their own cultures and about others.

 


Critics Program

If you are interested in further engagement opportunities for your students with the subject matter presented at the Logan Center Matinees, please contact us for information on our Critics Programs. 
Logan Center Critics 


School Eligibility and Confirmation Policy

In order to make reservations for this free program teachers must: (1) Submit a completed ticket request form; (2) Attend a Teacher Professional Development Session prior to the reserved school matinee. Schools will be notified once the Ticket Request Form is received. Seats will be officially confirmed when teacher representatives attend the professional development session. 

Cancellation Policy

Please make cancellations no fewer than 30 days prior to scheduled performances. Schools that fail to give 30 days notice will jeopardize their ability to participate in the matinee program for the remainder of the season. Adjustments to reserved ticket numbers should be made no fewer than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled performance. If a school fails to attend a performance or cancels with less than 30 days they will be billed for transportation.

School Transportation Drop off and Pick Up Directions

Buses will drop students off at the circle drive adjacent to the Logan Center's south entrance, accessible from Drexel Avenue. We ask that buses park and pick up schools on 60th street at the North Entrance of the Logan Center following the performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Logan Center School Matinee program is made possible through support the Reva and David Logan Foundation, friend of the Logan Center, Urban Gateways and the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement’s Neighborhood Schools Program, and local and national arts organizations and performing artists.

Ticket Request Form

Program Contact

Dominique L Boyd
773.702.5146
dominiquelboyd@uchicago.edu

Sponsors

The Logan Center School Matinee program is made possible through support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation and friends of the Logan Center, as well as partnerships with the Neighborhood Schools Program of the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago, University of Chicago Presents, and local and national arts organizations and performing artists.