Navy Pier is holding a FREE 2-day event later this month for the Chicago performing arts community, on two different stages of Navy Pier. Marilyn Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Navy Pier, said: The lineup is packed with FREE performances by more than 40 organizations, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago’s Broadway, Chicago Children’s Choir, Black Ensemble Theater, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, and Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center.
Esteban Bataran, the main trumpet player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, said: “I think we were trying to survive like everyone did in this strange era,” he said. For 18 months, the theater was dark and the symphonies and opera house were silent. Live entertainment workers behind the scenes and behind the scenes found themselves unemployed. “Chicago Live Again is a celebration to revive the creative sector as the backbone of our city’s social, emotional and financial recovery,” said Irene Lacario of Broadway in Chicago. There are also options for young people seeking a career in the theater. Students can attend free public master classes offered by professionals.
“We hope that Chicago Live Again reminds our community of how important performing arts has been to the vibrancy of the city,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. The lineup will be jam-packed with performances by more than 40 organizations, including Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, Black Ensemble Theatre, Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center. “We need the audience as the audience needs music from the musicians,” said Esteban Batallan, the principal trumpeter for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Batallan said not being able to perform during the pandemic has been difficult. “I think we were trying to survive as everybody did during this weird times,” he said. For 18 months, theaters have been dark and symphonies and opera houses have been silent. Live entertainment workers on stage and behind the scenes found themselves unemployed. “Chicago Live Again is a celebration to bring back the creative sector as the backbone of our city’s social, emotional and economic recovery,” said Eileen LaCario, Broadway in Chicago. There are also options for young people aspiring to have careers in the theater. Students can take part in free Public master classes offered by professionals.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity for them,” said Tina Boyer Brown, Chicago High School for the Arts. Boyer Brown said this is a great chance for students to learn their craft.
“We have students from every ward in the city,” she added.
The free event will take place on September 24-25 on two stages, the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park and the East End Stage, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a special fireworks display on September 25 at 9:45 p.m. Guests will be required to show proof of a COVID vaccine or a negative test within 48 hours of the event.
ABC7 will air a 30-minute special hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini with highlights of the performances.