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Black Ensemble Theater Gala
THE Giuseppe Verdi romantic drama Luisa Miller makes a long-awaited appearance at Lyric Opera of Chicago on October 12-31, featuring the world-renowned Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as the vulnerable Luisa. The story focuses on Luisa’s love for Rodolfo, but she sacrifices her own happiness in a frantic attempt to save her father's life. The couple’s rocky relationship generates passion and excitement but jealousy leads to the often-inevitable catastrophe. In the production that has not appeared on the Lyric stage in more than 30 years, Stoyanova is joined by noted performers Joseph CallejaQuinn KelseyChristian Van HornAlisa Kolosova and debuting artist Soloman Howard. For more information and tickets, go to www.lyricopera.org.
The Obamas' Return To Chicago
Lyric Opera's Production Of Verdi's Luisa Miller 
FORMER President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will speak at the Obama Foundation’s third Summit on October 28-29 in Chicago. With the theme “Places Reveal Our Purpose” and a focus on the Foundation’s vision for the Obama Presidential Center, the event will include participants from across the Foundation’s programs––Obama Foundation Fellows, Scholars, Africa Leaders, Community Leadership Corps members and representatives of the Girls Opportunity Alliance and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance communities. “We’re hosting the Summit in our backyard, Chicago, the place the Obamas’ story began and the future home of the Obama Presidential Center and Museum,” said Foundation CEO David Simas. Summit participants from across Foundation programming will include emerging leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In addition, the gathering will feature special guests who are committed leaders in their communities. For more information, go to Obama.org. 
THE annual Black Ensemble Theater Gala will be held on October 18 at the Venue West, 2211 North Paulina, to benefit Black Ensemble’s award-winning productions and educational outreach programs. Under the theme “The Legacy Continues: Together We Are The Change, the gala’s national chairperson is Tom Ricketts, CEO of the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities. "The mission of the 43-year-old Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism,” says Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO of Black Ensemble Theater. “Through our award-winning productions that have a cross-cultural audience of more than 55,000 people a year, to our educational outreach programs that serve more than 10,000 inner-city youth annually, Black Ensemble is dedicated to helping create a world that is free and healed from the devastating disease of racism. With the turmoil and bigotry that is disrupting our country today, we hope that you will support our vital mission.” For more information and tickets to the popular gala, go to www.blackensembletheater.org. 
Black Ensemble Theater Gala 2018
San Francisco Opera's Production