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THE groundbreaking Broadway megahit Hamilton will make its first appearance in a theater outside New York when it comes to Chicago for an open-ended run beginning on September 27, 2016. The phenomenally popular musical, which is the hottest ticket on the Great White Way, combines several music genres––including hip-hop, blues, jazz and traditional Broadway––to present the story of Alexander Hamilton, an intriguing figure who was one of the Founding Fathers and the country’s first secretary of the treasury. The production, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will come to the venue formerly known as the Bank of America Theatre, which, after gaining a new naming sponsor, has become The PrivateBank Theatre, with the February 9 production of CABARET set to be the first show under the new marquee. The overwhelming and unexpected success of Hamilton began when it opened on Broadway last August, and it has sold out practically every performance since at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. “There is a sound to the music; there is a look to the movement that is unlike any other Broadway musical I’ve ever seen,” says Jeffrey Seller, producer of Hamilton. Group tickets for the Chicago run of Hamilton will go on sale January 5 at or call 312/977-1710. Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale at a later date.
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The Haymarket Center's 'Father Mac Appreciation Award'
THE Western Brass Quintet kicked off the “Music Under Glass: Classical Notes in Nature” series of concerts with the inaugural performance at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The distinctive concerts combine music and nature in the classical music series that is being showcased at one of the city’s most spectacular facilities. In the opening concert by one of the country’s most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles, the quintet (Scott Thornburg, Robert White, Lin Foulk, Daniel Mattson and Jacob Cameron) highlighted the works of Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, Richard Peaslee and André LaFosse. The performance also included a selection of classic Christmas tunes. “The concert series showcases the Garfield Park Conservatory’s magical and natural wonder with classical music,” said Paul A. Labonne, a Conservatory board member, event co-committee chair with Glenna Mo, and vice president and community reinvestment officer at PNC Bank, one of the event’s sponsors. “It’s a natural synergy that will, in the future, distinguish the Conservatory from other institutions as the ideal and unique venue for this type of artistic expression.” The “Under The Glass” concert series is another effort to make classical music accessible to all segments of the community. The next installment on April 24 will feature Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov and will include works by Brahms, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
The 'Music Under Glass' Concert Series  
At left, event co-chair Paul A. Labonne talks with Jim Law, president of Garfield Park Conservatory board. Eric Shumsky (above) is the music director.
CBS2 News co-anchor Irika Sargent was the emcee at the Haymarket Center’s luncheon to honor U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin with the 2015 “Father Mac Appreciation Award” in recognition of his continuing commitment to support addiction treatment. The award is named for the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott, co-founder of the Haymarket Center, the largest not-for-profit, community-based adult detoxification, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago. Durbin is the most recent in a long line of award recipients, including Rosemarie S. Andolino, former commissioner of Chicago’s department of aviation; Alderman Edward Burke, chairman of the city council’s finance committee; State Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; and Alderman Walter Burnett. The senator, whose association with the Haymarket Center began in 1996, recently introduced the Overdose Prevention Act, designed to reduce the rate of drug overdose deaths by funding community-based organizations to purchase and distribute Naloxone, a drug that prevents fatal overdoses. The Haymarket Center operates 30 specialized programs that, in addition to treating addiction, enable its clients to establish productive and creative lives without drugs.
CBS2 News' Irika Sargent (left to right), former Illinois House Speaker Lee Daniels, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Ray Soucek, president of Haymarket Center. Supporters (below) at luncheon.