Chicago Highlights: December 6 - 9, 2017
For our annual Holiday Season in Chicago, we have chosen a four-night period to include a pair of beloved operas which mark the highlights of the Lyric Opera’s new season. No opera enthusiast will want to miss the combination of Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot – in Allen Charles Klein’s spectacular Chinese staging – andGeorges Bizet’s exotic The Pearl Fishers, set in ancient Ceylon. ‘Turandot’ will feature Amber Wagner, Stefano La Colla and Maria Agresta as the principals; and ‘The Pearl Fishers’ will offer a starry quartet of Marina Rebeka, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Andrea Silvestrelli as the protagonists. With the Lyric’s esteemed Music Director Sir Andrew Davis conducting both works, we are assured of the highest musical standards.
Our program is equally inspired by a pair of concerts. a pair of evenings in Chicago’s hallowed Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue. On our first night, we will celebrate the Holiday Season with the San Francisco men’s choir, Chanticleer, The Fourth Presbyterian Church (on East Chestnut Street) will be an ideal intimate venue for the Grammy-winning’s performance of A Chanticleer Christmas. And on our final night, in the city’s hallowed Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be led by the Czech guest conductor Jiri Belohlavek in popular works by Bedrich Smetana, Samuel Barber and Antonin Dvorak. The radiant cellist Alisa Weilerstein will be the soloist.
Our accommodations for four nights will be at the venerable Union League Club, located in the heart of Chicago’s ‘Loop’ within easy access of the Art Institute, Orchestra Hall and the Lyric Opera. Established in 1879, the Union League occupies an elegant downtown building where a major collection of 800 American artworks is displayed in the spacious public rooms. Dining facilities include the Wigwam Room (for breakfastand informal dinner), the Main Dining Room for formal lunch, the Carvery for informal lunch, and the Rendez-Vous Bar for lunch and light dinner. The Club also features an indoor swimming pool, exercise and massage rooms, and an inviting large library surrounded by important paintings. Your temporary guest card will entitle you to take advantage of the wide range of services offered by this private club.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,980
Single Occupancy: $3,470