Violinist Carter, Conductor Ryan to perform at Grant Park Festival

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Violinist Regina Carter and Conductor Kwame Ryan are among the pool of talent selected to perform at Grant Park Music Festival’s 2011 summer season in Millennium Park. On Wednesday Carter will perform Billy Childs’ Violin Concerto and a compos

Violinist Regina Carter and Conductor Kwame Ryan are among the pool of talent selected to perform at Grant Park Music Festival’s 2011 summer season in Millennium Park. On Wednesday Carter will perform Billy Childs’ Violin Concerto and a composition from her most recent CD Reverse Thread (performed without orchestra).

Ryan, currently celebrating is fourth season with the Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine, makes his Grant Park Festival debut as guest conductor July 20, conducting Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and the Swiss composer Rolf Liebermann’s composition Furioso.

TALENTED CHILDREN INVITED TO AUDITION for a national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical June 27 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre. Casting directors are searching for children age 8-13 with strong voices and excellent speaking and acting abilities to portray the iconic leading role of Ralphine and his troupe of friends and classmates.

MICHAEL ROSS AND TRIO perform live jazz Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Chicago’s Legal CafΘ, 1338 W. Madison St. Ross previously toured with the New York Stage Production of The Wiz.

THE ROCKERS, consisting of Eon Trent, Devon Jackson and Diz with host Anika Tene and Jess Vera, perform the First Wednesday at the Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. at 10 p.m.

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE’S JUNIOR BOARD HOSTS its 10th annual Madhatter’s Ball Saturday in the historic John Hancock Observatory. Guests will enjoy the celebration 1,000 feet above Chicago’s picturesque skyline. Proceeds raised will support the operation, expansion and outreach of Lookingglass’ education and community programs. Tickets range from $65-$100 and can be purchased at http://www.lookingglasstheatre.org or by calling (312) 337-0665.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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