October 2019–May 2020

Logan Center School Matinee Program for students and teachers

The seventh 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.

2019/20 Season Schedule

Christylez Bacon
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 / 10:3011:30am
Recommended Grades: 4-8
Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon combines rhyming, storytelling, and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation blending elements of music styles from jazz to hip-hop.

Oct 15, 2019
Wu Man
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Recognized as the world's premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer, giving her flute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.  Presented in partnership with UChicago Presents.

Nov 4-7, 2019 / 9:45am & 11:45am 
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Recommended Grades: All Grade Levels
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. Tickets at https://festival.facets.org/ 

Nov 20, 2019 / 10:3011:30am
Melody Angel and Tony Wilson
Recommended Grades: 6-12
Musician Melody Angel is from Chicago's South Side and rock and roll took over her life when she was seven.  She has chosen to reflect the times through her music ever since.  Tony Wilson, professionally known as Young James Brown, performs with unbelievable vocals and energetic, original dancing paired with the Godfather of Soul's signature moves. 

Dec 3, 2019 / 10:3011:30am
Muntu Dance Theatre
Recommended Grades: K–12
Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African American dance, music, and folklore. 

Jan 22, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
The Heartbeat of Japan
Recommended Grades: K–12 
Tsukasa Taiko, an Asian American and Japanese group, strives to respect tradition and develop artistic excellence and connoisseurship through energetic, dynamic performance.  Presented in partnership with Urban Gateways.

Feb 12, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Spain's Dancing Rhythms
Recommended Grades: 4-8
The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater presents Spanish music, song, and dance through a variety of innovative Spanish ballets, traditional folkloric suites, and fiery flamenco dramas from medieval times to the 21st century.  Presented in partnership with Urban Gateways.

Feb 27, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Women in Hip Hop
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Hip-hop has been a vibrant part of American culture for more than 40 years.  We are excited to celebrate the power of several dynamic Chicago-based leaders in hip hop and education.  Featured artists: Emon, Amina, and Lizzie G.

Mar 2, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Russian Renaissance
Recommended Grades: 9-12
Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of traditional Russian Folk instruments and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide.  Presented in partnership with UChicago Presents.

Mar 6, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Plena Libre
Recommended Grades: 6-12
Plena Libre mixes traditional Puerto Rican rhythms with modern Afro-Caribbean influences and folkloric musical roots with contemporary compositions.  Presented in partnership with UChicago Presents.

Mar 19, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Singer and composer Russoul, a native of Chicago's South Side, fuses jazzy, soulful vocals with rhythmic, syncopated beats to share songs of inspiration, motivation and encouragement.

Apr 2, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am & 12:30-1:30pm
ETH-NOH-TEC Storytelling Duo
Recommended Grades: K-5 and 6-12
ETH-NOH-TEC builds cultural bridges that celebrate our humanity. 

10:30-11:30am Grades 6-12 Red Altar: An American Story tells the true story of six teenagers from China who shipwrecked on the shores of Carmel, California in 1850 and started the fishing industry in the Monterey Bay area. 

12:30-1:30pm Grades K-5 Asian Treasure Bag This fun filled storytelling show brings alive the cultures of Asia through the retelling of myths and folk tales interwoven with plenty of music, rhythmic call and response games, and audience participants.

Apr 28-30, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Word Is Rhythm Poetry Festival
Recommended Grades: K-5, 6-8 and 9–12
This annual celebration of National Poetry Month provides a unique opportunity to come together and share both classic and original poetry.  Participating schools have the chance to perform on the Logan Center stage, showcasing their work as young authors.

May 7, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Carmen Deedy Author/Storyteller
Recommended Grades: 4–8
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carmen Deedy has spent the past twenty years writing and telling children's stories.  Deedy engages her audiences with larger than life body language, wit, and humorous stories of coming of age in an immigrant family.  She is the author of eight children's books, the recipient of numerous awards, and a frequent NPR contributor. 

May 12, 2020 / 10:30–noon
Stories Around the World
Recommended Grades: K-5
In this program, storytellers from different cultural traditions share engaging stories that will inspire students to learn more about their own cultures and those of others.

May 14, 2020 / 10:30–11:30am
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Recommended Grades: 6–12
One of the city's oldest Mexican institutions, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago's extensive repertoire is presented in lavish costumes worn by young, energetic dancers.  The company's performances have been an exciting, vibrant, and educational experience for almost three decades.

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, friends 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.


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Download the 2019-2020 Ticket Request Form


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.