photos: top: BOLERO ©Laurent Philippe • bottom: Giselle ©Christian Leiber

The Harris Theater presents the Chicago debut of the Paris Opéra Ballet from June 26 - July 1. This week long engagement marks the Ballet’s first return to the United States in more than a decade. The world’s finest ballet company will launch its national tour with two programs that have never been presented in the United States—the iconic love story Giselle, June 26-28; and The French Mixed Repertoire from June 29-July 1. This will include Suite En Blanc by Serge Lifar, Roland Petit’s L’Arlésienne, and Le Boléro by Maurice Béjart. All shows will be accompanied by the Grant Park Orchestra in a first-ever collaboration with the Harris Theater. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be present at the Opening Night Benefit Gala, June 26 to welcome the company to Chicago. 

Additional programs: The Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, May 31-June 3 in their Summer Series. One program will feature one of the most significant contemporary choreographer William Forsythe.
The Chicago Chamber Musicians will celebrate its 25th anniversary on June 4. This magnificent program will feature many ensemble artists performing works by Wagner, Brahms and John Stevens.