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Black Ensemble Theater and Mahalia Jackson 
IN a special collection of performances, The Second City will feature greatest hits from three decades in a series of shows titled “The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 90s Edition,” “The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 80s Edition” and “The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 70s Edition.” Each decade is scheduled to play for a consecutive month on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning this month with the '90s edition and followed by the '80s and '70s presentations at UP Comedy. The three shows will highlight sketches developed by some of Second City's most noted alumni––Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Horatio Sanz ('90s edition); Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Bonnie Hunt and Tim Meadows ('80s edition); and John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and John Candy ('70s edition). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.secondcity.com or call 312-337-3992.
Garfield Park Conservatory's 'Music Under Glass' 
The Second City's Best of the Best
IN the second presentation of the Garfield Park Conservatory’s “Music Under Glass” 2019 series of concerts, Cuban brothers Orlando and Orlay Alonso presented a two-piano program that highlighted their musical virtuosity and their engaging personalities that created perfect rapport with the audience. The exuberant brothers have established themselves as rising stars, touring internationally and receiving some of music’s most notable awards. Their 90-minute, immersive show featured a range of Cuban styles such as Mambo, Cha Cha, Conga and Salsa, and included the works of Manuel de FallaIgnacio CervantesAstor Piazzolla and Ernesto Lecuona. The "Music Under Glass" concert series is a fundraising effort that highlights classical music in a picturesque setting to raise funds for the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s educational and cultural programs and classes. The next installment in the “Music Under Glass” series will be held on April 28 and will feature the husband-and-wife team of violinists Julia Meynert and John Guarino. For more information, go to www.garfieldconservatory.org.
THE Black Ensemble Theater’s production of Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through The Light celebrates the life of the personality who many still consider to be history’s greatest gospel singer. The musical, written and directed by Black Ensemble Founder Jackie Taylor, runs through April 14 and kicks off the theater’s 2019 season. The show features many of Jackson’s classic songs, including “Precious Lord,” “How I Got Over,” “How Great Thou Art” and “I Believe.” Robin DaSilva, known for roles in Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Black Ensemble’s Women of Soul, is cast as Jackson, a New Orleans-born singer who was an influential voice and fixture in the Civil Rights Movement. Other performers in the tribute include Cynthia Carter, Dwight Neal, Stewart Romeo, Clara Flaherty, Brandon Lavell, Lorriane Lewis, Colleen Perry, Rose Marie Simmons and Levi Stewart. Tickets are available at www.blackensemble.org, (773) 769-4451 or at the Black Ensemble Theater Box Office, 4450 N. Clark Street. Single tickets for regular season performances are priced at $55 for Thursday and Saturday matinees; and $65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. A 10 percent discount is available for students, seniors and groups.
Tommie-Waheed Evans         Marissa Osato                  Xiang Xu                 Edgar Zendejas
Photograph by Michael Courier