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The acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danu, brings the music, dance and storytelling traditions of an Irish Christmas to Fermilab with 'Feile na Nollag' (A Christmas Gathering). Christmas in Ireland is one of the most important holidays for families and friends, as many Irish people living abroad come home to gather in celebration. Local community choirs singing traditional songs for Christmas and Wrens Day are a common sight throughout Ireland each December. Music and dance gatherings, in communities both urban and rural, have often combined for generations to offer a great variety of songs, music, and stories for the holidays.
The Spektral Quartet returns to Fermilab for a stylistically inquisitive program centering around composers’ cunning use of the pizzicato technique. Exhilarating, lynchpin works from the repertoire, Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 74 "Harp: and Ravel's String Quartet in F major are put in dynamic conversation with Ben Hjertmann's rowdy, groove-based String Quartet No. 2, "Étude." All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Little Matchstick Factory's The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (and based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics. The Golden Dragon Acrobats may have been touring for 30 years, but they represent a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Led by world-renowned producer Danny Chang and award-winning choreographer Angela Chang, this troupe blends ancient dance, spectacular costumes, contemporary music and incredible athleticism into a full-on extravaganza of movement. They glide across the stage with unimaginable gracefulness. They twist and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t think were possible. They perform stunts that will simultaneously make your heart thump and mesmerize you. On top of all that, it’s an awesome opportunity to introduce the kids in your life to a rich, 2,500 year-old culture. Performance at 3pm.
Two of the biggest voices in music history never had the opportunity to perform together, live in concert. Now, this is your chance to experience what it would have been like to see Ol’ Blue Eyes and Babs share the stage, right here in Aurora. The two performers paying tribute to these legends sound like Frank and Barbra, they look like Frank and Barbra, and man, will they blow your mind. They’ll cover everything from “Don’t Rain on My Parade” to “The Way You Look Tonight” and so many more of those classic tunes you know and love. This is one glamorous, heart-warming and spectacular show you won’t want to miss.