The dance company will stage the world premiere of SF/LB, choreographed by Daniel Ezralow to Leonard Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. The work, with 15 dancers, explores themes of unity and conformity.
The program also includes orchestra performances of Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo and Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Bart‹k's The Wooden Prince. John Bruce Yeh, solo clarinetist, will play one of Benny Goodman's clarinets for the Bernstein piece, which featured Goodman himself in its world premiere.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company led by Jim Vincent; the group's repertory includes works by choreographers from Jir‹ Kylišn to Twyla Tharp to Trey McIntyre. Founded in 1977, the company now also comprises a young-professionals company, a dance school, and education and community programs.
The CSO/HBDC performances begin the CSO's Music Plus series, which brings together music with other art forms. Other programs in this year's series includes television and stage actor John Mahoney narrating Beethoven's Egmont (November 18-23); an actor portraying Franz Joseph Haydn for an all-Haydn program featuring Pinchas Zukerman (December 2-7); and Pierre Boulez's Rituel followed by a Japanese Gagaku ensemble playing the traditional music that inspired it (March 3-5).