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Three to See: Holiday Respite

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Three to See: Holiday Respite

“St. James Cathedral” by Jan Theun van Rees.

Each week the folks at Hello Beautiful! sift through their files for three cultural events to highlight. We took a break last week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but now Matt Cunningham is back with three non-holiday “Three to See.”

No peppermint sticks have been harmed in the making of this segment. Nor clay taken away from dradle manufacturing. This week’s Three to See is a respite from the holiday frenzy going on all around us. So no mention of the Caroling tonight and every Friday Night at Millennium Park or Black Nativity at the Goodman Theatre.

No mention of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Rosemont Theatre. Or, Chicago A Cappella’s Concert Sunday in Evanston.

This week’s “Three to See” is a refuge for those who need to get away. And what better way than a Doug Lofstrom’s New Quartet.

Tonight at the Skokie Theatre in downtown Skokie, Illinois, Doug Lofstrom will be leading The New Quintet, performing music from their newest CD, including “Fantasie,” featuring James Sanders on violin and vocalise, featuring Michael Levin on saprono sax. That’s tonight at 8 p.m. at the Skokie Theatre on North Lincoln Avenue.

Stop two of our “Three to See” is in downtown Chicago. Next to the brand new sparkly Spertus Institute, which officially opens today, is the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where an exhibition on architectural photography is currently on display. But, this exhibition has a twist.

Dutch photographer Jan Theun van Rees captures the backrooms, basements, attics and other hidden space of Chicago structures that are rarely, if ever, seen by the public. Images exposing the green glow inside Crown Fountain at Millennium Park; the jumbled mess of cables and tangled wires in the rafters above Symphony Hall, and the graffiti-filled walls in the basement of the Field Museum. Rod Slemmons curated the show. He says the uniqueness of these photos is what he finds exciting.

SLEMMONS: We’re not only seeing a privileged place, but a privileged view of it since it is being lit for the purposes of making the photograph. After he’s gone, the custodians from whom he claims he learned a lot, because they know about these things. They just shut down the lights and they go dark again.

The exhibition One Wall Away: Chicago’s Hidden Spaces, is open daily until 5 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College.

And just north of the Museum of Contemporary Photography on Michigan Avenue is stop three of our Three to See.

I used to agree with the saying: “Opera is the most expensive nap one will ever take.” That was until I heard the voice of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky last year. And this Sunday night you will have an opportunity to experience this powerful voice in an evening of Russian arias written for baritones.

Compositions by Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky will be performed.
Constantine Orbelian conducts the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, who will be performing these works. Orbelian says the audience will be in for a treat.

ORBELIAN: He’s a totally universal artist. And I don’t know of any other artist like him that can do the huge spectrum of repertoire that he is able to do. The voice is so incredibly beautiful, and plus I have to admit he really looks good too.

CUNNINGHAM: I am sure that will sell some tickets as well. I’m quite confident.

ORBELIAN: That always does.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra will be performing one night only at the Symphony Center, Sunday at 8 p.m.

For Three to See, I’m Matt Cunningham, Chicago Public Radio.

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