Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cars.com 2019 Best of Awards And Chance To WIN A $100 Gift Card & Tickets to the Auto Show of Your Choice

ChiILin' in Chi, IL With Cars.com at 
The 2019 Chicago Auto Show

This year, we've partnered up with Cars.com to feature their Best of Awards for our readers here at ChiIL MamaCars.com announced their final Best Of award winner at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb 6th and I got a personal tour of all the winners on 2/7 led by Joe Wiesenfelder executive editor of Cars.com and Jennifer Newman, Editor in Chief of Cars.com. 

It was fun to live stream the tour on social media and shoot photos of the winners. If you're in the market for a new car or just like to dream, check out their top picks below. 

Join us for a Twitter Party on February 20th at 7pm Central Time, for even more informative fun and enter below for your chance at one of 10 pairs of Auto Show tickets (city of your choice) and a grand prize of a $100 Gift Card & Tickets to the Auto Show of your choice

Luxury Car of the Year (Mercedes-Benz S-Class)

Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year (Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Family Car of the Year (Chrysler Pacifica)

Best Pickup Truck of 2019 (Ram 1500)

Best of 2019 (Genesis G70)

Click here to check out Cars.com's 

Enter To WIN Ten Pairs of Tickets to an Auto Show and one Grand Prize of a $100 Gift Card & Tickets to the Show
Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded. 

Contest Rules
Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight February 20, 2019. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents 18 and older and subject to the laws of Illinois. Winners will be notified by email by February 25, 2019. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Auto Show of their choice. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $30 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items; prize is limited to one pair of tickets. Prize DOES NOT include transportation, parking or other accommodations. Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded. Contest is administered and managed by A Girls Guide to Cars on behalf of Cars.com; Cars.Com maintains no responsibility or liability for this giveaway.

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

WIN 4 Tickets ($80 Value) To The Grammy-Winning Okee Dokee Brothers in Skokie 2/16 and a "Winterland" Album Download!

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:
LIVE Family Friendly Shows On Our Radar

Enter Below Through Midnight February 13th
One of ChiIL Mama's lucky readers will WIN 4 Tickets ($80 Value) To The Okee Dokee Brothers in Skokie this Saturday, 2/16 (choice of 11am or 2pm) and a "Winterland" Album Download ($9.49 value)! *Non transferable. Tickets will be at the box office under the winner's name and must be picked up with a photo ID. Winner will be announced here on 2/14 and on our social media outlets.

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're SO excited to partner up with The Okee Dokee Brothers, to promote their "Winterland" album and tour. They're long time favorites of ours and some of the best kindie musicians out there. They'll be ChiILin' just north of Chi, IL at the North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie this weekend. They're a ton of fun live, so don't miss this! The Okee Dokee Brothers are doing two shows at the North Shore Center for the Arts on Feb 16.

Blast From The Past: Check out ChiIL Mama's Video Interview With THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS from 2012!

Saturday, February 16 @ 11:00 am
Center Theatre
$12 | $16 | $20 

Performance Schedule:
Sat, Feb 16 at 11am
Sat, Feb 16 at 2pm

Grammy-Winning Folk & Roots Music for Families!

♪ Five-time Parents’ Choice Award Winners

♪ The American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recording Award

♪ The Grammy Award for Best Children’s Music Album

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Now, as the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. Their brand-new album Winterland (2018), is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time and outdoor fun! This cold-weather project is the follow-up to their wildly popular Adventure Album trilogy which was inspired by their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River (Can You Canoe?), their month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail (Through The Woods) and a joyous horseback adventure through the American West (Saddle Up).

As we weather the storm by looking inward, we can redefine our seasonal perspectives. In fact, with just the right outlook, winter can become our own sense of paradise, even through the warm months. Join The Okee Dokee Brothers as they welcome you to experience a refreshing, wide-eyed view of the most exciting time of year with their music from Winterland.

In a world where people are all too often pursuing their own individual journeys, Winterland humbly reminds us that we are all human beings living within the uncontrollable motions of Mother Nature. Embracing the cycles of loss and new life, darkness and light, bitter cold and warmth, Winterland reflects that winter is not only a season, but a feeling we carry within. 

With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

“[The Okee Dokee Brothers] remind us of the American belief that we’re bound for better weather. Their album [Can You Canoe?] celebrates everyday explorers, young and old, who rediscover that notion daily.”
—All Things Considered, NPR

“The lyrics are playful, engaging and subtly filled with life lessons. These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Want to get away from the city? Check out these tunes.”
—The Washington Post

Enter HERE Through Midnight February 13th
One of ChiIL Mama's lucky readers will WIN 4 Tickets ($80 Value) To The Okee Dokee Brothers in Skokie Saturday 2/16 (choice of 11am or 2pm) and a "Winterland" Album Download ($9.49 value)! *Non transferable. Tickets will be at the box offic under the winner's name and must be picked up with a photo ID. Winner will be announced here on 2/14 and on our social media outlets.

Monday, February 11, 2019

PHOTO RECAP: The Chicago Auto Show and 3rd Annual What Drives Her Luncheon

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at the
2019 Chicago Auto Show 
and 3rd Annual 
"What Drives Her" 
Luncheon and Networking Event

All Photos by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

I've been attending The Chicago Auto Show since the early 90's and covering it during the media preview days for a decade. 2019 was no exception. I was pleased to partner up again with the Chicago Auto Show organizers, A Girls Guide to Cars, and Women in Automotive on coverage. One highlight was the What Drives Her luncheon and networking event during the show's Media Preview on Friday, Feb. 8 at McCormick Place. I covered the first two What Drives Her events as well, and they've always been informative and inspiring.

Check out live streams and photo recaps on social media from the What Drives Her luncheon & panel by searching the event hashtag #WDH2019. I was live streaming and covering the event on social media in real time with a host of other top bloggers.

The overarching theme this year focused on the major shifts that are taking place in the automotive industry, including the ways that women are shaping its evolution. 

"General Motors CEO Mary Barra is often quoted as saying the auto industry will see more change in the next five years than the last 50," said Autotrader Executive Analyst Michelle Krebs. "Whether it is five years or more, the shift towards electric and autonomous vehicles as well as new ways to acquire personal transportation is occurring now, generating tremendous opportunities for creative women to reinvent what has been a male-dominated business." 

The 2019 What Drives Her event featured a robust lineup of female speakers who discussed the integral role women play within the auto industry as contributors, consumers and drivers of purchasing decisions. It was a pleasure to see so many influential women come together to highlight industry trends and share personal experiences surrounding the impact that females have on the automotive industry. 

Check Out My Full Set of 2019 Chicago Auto Show Photos Below
ChiIL Mama's Photo Recap from the media previews Thursday and Friday are here in the slideshow with favorites embedded below

"Women buy or influence 85 percent of all vehicle purchases and hold the keys to $450 billion in spending each year, yet the biggest challenge is educating them as consumers and users of new technology," said Scotty Reiss, founder of A Girls Guide to Cars. "The most powerful way to change this is by engaging them as employees, leaders and innovators."

Autotrader's Krebs moderated the first panel discussion surrounding how females are driving change in the auto industry. Panelists include Jessica Petty, manager of customer data analytics, Hyundai; Jeneen Rippey, vice president of global quality, electronics division, ZF; and Edie Wines, instructor, National Automobile Dealers Association.

My live stream is below, featuring ANA's female-focused #SeeHer initiative as well as the second panel discussion topic, "Work, Life and Creating Balance While Building a Career". 

Live Streamed Above:
Between the first and second panel discussions, Leah Marshall, director, influencer marketing, with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), presented ANA's female-focused #SeeHer initiative. I found this particularly compelling, as a mother of a 15 year old daughter. Initiatives like this give me hope that the next generation will finally achieve more relatable and positive female centered images in media, and maybe even gender parity and equality

Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman moderated the panel of women including Kathy Gilbert, global director of sales & business development, CDK; Laurie King, SVP, global operations & strategic solutions, Turtle Wax; Subi Ghosh, senior director of dealer strategy, Stream Companies; Lauren Brandt, Facebook client solutions manager and Returnity Project co-founder; and Kerri Wise, vice president, industry education and relations, TrueCar.

The What Drives Her event continues to be one example of how Chicago Auto Show organizers actively engage the female demographic. Foresight Research reports the Chicago Auto Show has an almost even split of male and female attendees: 45 percent of which are female.  

"As the nation's largest consumer auto show, one can argue the Chicago Auto Show is the perfect place to assess trends - not just locally but on a national level as well," said Kelly Webb Roberts, a board member for the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the Chicago Auto Show. "We're thrilled to continue to host this event to bring together some of the most influential women in the industry who are at the forefront of this change."

Event sponsors include Autotrader, Facebook, Hyundai, Lot Linx, TrueCar, Turtle Wax and ZF. 

For more information on the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com

About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2019 public show is Feb. 9-18. For more information, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or www.Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit www.CATA.info.

About Turtle Wax
The Turtle Wax story started with the launch of the first-ever liquid auto polish in 1944. Nearly 75 years later, the Most Innovative Brand in Car Care(tm) is still capturing the attention of the auto appearance category as the No. 1 selling brand in spray wax, car wash, carpet & fabric care, and more. With product distribution in more than 90 countries, the Turtle Wax brand resonates around the globe, but the brand's heart remains in its hometown of Chicago, where award-winning innovation is developed to this day. For an inside look at the brand's breakthrough product development process and how Turtle Wax supports car culture worldwide, visit YouTube.com/TurtleWax.

Photo Favorites From the 2019 
Chicago Auto Show 

Disclosure: I have been compensated for sharing this information with my readers and covering The Chicago Auto Show media preview days. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hotly Anticipated Chicago Theatre Week Is HERE With $15 & $30 Tickets To Over 100 Shows! February 7 – 17

Chicago Theatre Week February 7 – 17 
to kick off the Year of Chicago Theatre
Value-priced tickets available now for more than 100 productions 

Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW19), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago during which visitors and residents can access value-priced tickets, all priced at $30, $15, or less, are available at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.

Chicago Theatre Week will take place February 7-17, 2019. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago theatre tells stories that evoke big emotions. Stories that take risks, inspire awe, ask tough questions – and dare audiences to do the same. From musicals to plays to comedy, theatre is for everyone in Chicago. Chicago Theatre Week is a celebration of the stories we share and will kick off 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre, a first-of-its-kind initiative designated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Theatre Week, spanning a week and two full weekends, is heading into its seventh year. As a program of the League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, more than 100 theatre productions will participate in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs.

A small sample of the many participating productions are: Broadway In Chicago – FRIENDS! The Musical Parody; Chicago Children’s Theatre – X Marks the Spot; Court Theatre – Photograph 51; Goodman Theatre – How to Catch Creation, Twilight Bowl; iO Theater – Glass Basement; The Joffrey Ballet – Anna Karenina; Lookingglass Theatre – Act(s) of God; Northlight Theatre – Nina Simone: Four Women; Paramount Theatre – The Producers; Porchlight Music Theatre – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; A Red Orchid – Fulfillment Center; The Second City – She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves and Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo; Shattered Globe Theatre – The Realistic Joneses; Steppenwolf Theatre – A Doll’s House, Part 2; TimeLine Theatre – Cardboard Piano; Victory Gardens Theater – Pipeline; and Writers Theatre – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Last year, in February 2018, 115 participating productions offered value-priced tickets to 619 individual performances during Chicago Theatre Week. More than 12,500 tickets were sold in 2018, marking a rapid increase in sales over the course of the initiative. The program continued to bring in new audiences to area theaters with an average of 66% of attendees visiting their chosen theatre for the first time. Theatre Week proved to be a draw for visitors from outside Chicago with 17% of patrons coming from beyond 50 miles of the city, including 40 states.

“This year we are thrilled that Chicago Theatre Week will kick off the Year of Chicago Theatre celebration.  We hope that every Chicagoan will see a show this year. Chicago Theatre Week will be the first opportunity to see incredible shows at great prices,” comments Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “Chicago’s rich tradition of theatre is known world-wide and Chicago Theatre Week is just one chance to celebrate new work, fresh talent, musicals, improv, and more.  Theatre is one of the things that sets Chicago apart from other cities.”

“Chicago, which is home to more than 250 dynamic theaters, provides visitors more variety and creative platforms than any destination in the United States,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago. “With 2019 being the Year of Chicago Theatre, Chicago Theatre Week is for many a chance to raise the curtain on the amazing performances, venues, artists and diverse audiences. While Chicago Theatre Week offers a featured preview it may also be an opportunity for visitors to realize that our theater scene cannot be taken in in just one day or perhaps just one visit and we invite everyone to take advantage of the celebration and programming.”

Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Subscribe to the Theatre Week email newsletter or follow @ChicagoPlays on Twitter for updates and announcements.

The official hashtag for Chicago Theatre Week 2019 is #CTW19.

About Chicago theatre
Chicago theater is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theaters throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 5 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theaters serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. Last year alone Chicago theater companies produced more than 100 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year Chicago theaters send new work to resident theaters across the country, to Broadway, and around the world. 

League of Chicago Theatres’ Mission Statement
Theatre is essential to the life of a great city and to its citizens.  The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to support, promote, and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry. Through our work, we ensure that theatre continues to thrive in our city.

For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago Theatres website, ChicagoPlays.com. Half-price tickets to the current week’s performances as well as future performances are available at HotTix.org and at the two Hot Tix half-price ticket locations: across from the Chicago Cultural Center at Expo72 (72 E. Randolph) and Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State).  

OPENING: All the Time in the World at Actors Gymnasium Feb 16 – Mar 24, 2019

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:
Family Friendly Theatre/Circus Arts

All the Time in the World
Actors Gymnasium
Feb 16 – Mar 24, 2019

Actors Gymnasium (AG) has long been a favorite of ours for world class circus arts and stellar shows. My teens have both been cast in AG fall and spring youth circus shows for years. Their annual winter circus show is the biggest of the year, pairing professional actors with the teen performance team for breathtaking original works. We're especially eager to catch All the Time in the World, written and directed by the multitalented Kerry Catlin. Don't miss this! 

All the Time in the World is a circus about time. Trudy is a young girl who lives a hectic life with her very busy family, and who also has an imaginary friend.

When Trudy’s imaginary friend is suddenly too busy to play with her and leaves to join the circus, she and her parents enter the circus paracosm to find more time and reunite Trudy and her imaginary friend.

All the Time in the World is part of our annual Winter Circus tradition, which has been loved by thousands of people for the past decade. It’s one of Chicago’s most popular circus shows and features some of the city’s top performers and designers!

Director and Writer: Kerry Catlin
Circus Choreographer: Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi
Production Manager: Catherine Allen
Stage Manager: Jamie Crothers
Composer/Sound Designer: Kevin O’Donnell
Costume Designer: Sully Ratke
Lighting Designer: Kristof Janezic
Dance Choreographer: Tracy Walsh
Rigging Designer: Isaac Schoepp
Asst. Stage Manager: Damian Portz
Production Assistants: Griffin DiStasi & Emma Isaacs

Click here for tickets and more show information.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Children’s/Family, Circus

REVIEW: “Elektra” at Lyric Opera Through February 22, 2019

ChiIL Live Shows on our radar

Internationally acclaimed Swedish soprano Nina Stemme in the title role and world-renowned Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles on the podium

at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Through February 22, 2019
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermission

Guest Review
by catherine hellmann

When I taught in Englewood, a student once bragged to me that she had been kicked out of her previous school for “pushing her teacher down the stairs.”

“I am glad we are on the first floor,”I answered. “We’re cool, right? Everything’s ok between us?” I asked her. She laughed and reassured me,”Yeah, Ms. H., we’re good.”

And so, as I sat next to my youngest child on Saturday night at “Elektra,” I found myself stealing sideways glances at my teen daughter, being introduced to her first opera about a vengeful daughter determined to kill her mother. Ah, another ace Parenting Moment.

When she saw the off-kilter set with rubble, looking like a scene in Europe after WW II, she muttered, “Holy shit!” That about sums it up.

I was familiar with the Greek Dysfunctional Family of Agamemnon from my college days. It is a “Jerry Springer” episode...or as the PR people of the Lyric informed me,”It is the Quentin Tarantino of opera.” Short, (100 minutes; that is miniature for opera) and violent. Great dialogue, like: “I am nursing a vulture in my body,” (Elektra to her sister, Chrysothemis), Chrysothemis admitting,”I would rather die than live a living death,” and Elektra observing the mom’s lover, Aegisth, “can only play the hero between the sheets.” Wow. Just wow. Talk about “spilling the tea,” as the kids these days say...

King Agamemnon has been slaughtered in his own bath with an axe, presumably by his wife and her paramour. Elektra keeps the axe to yield for her own revenge, hoping to persuade her brother, Orest, to do the deed. Rumors fly that Orest is dead, so Elektra, “no shrinking violet,” (as my father would have said) will commit the murders herself. But, behold! Orest is not actually dead! (This IS opera, folks…) So, he returns, and Elektra does not recognize him...”the dogs at the palace” know who he is, but his own sister does not. After a lovely reunion, they embrace before Orest enters the castle to slaughter their mother and her cross-dressing beau, Aegisth. I loved when the blood runs down the steps of the palace. Creeeepy. Ahhh...What a typical reunion for a long-estranged family…nice to see you, how are Aunt Edna and the kids??

The music is elek-trifying ( pretty good, huh?), and the main singers perform a vocal marathon. Nina Stemme as the lead role is amazing; such a demanding part is winning her acclaim at numerous international opera houses. We are lucky to have her here in Chicago. Elektra’s sister, played by Elza Van Den Heever, also has an incredible voice and range. Michaela Martens is to be commended for her singing prowess and the ovaries she has to display her Divine-like costume, with bared breasts front and center for the world.(Greenhouse Theater Center recently premiered a wonderful production called HeLa about Henrietta Lacks. One character was named “Big Titty Pat.” I got distracted by Big Titty Clytemnestra.) “Am I really seeing that,” I wondered. First words out of my girl’s mouth at curtain call,”I think those were really her boobs!” Well, her eyes are better than mine. It was quite the costume, as were her freak-show followers’ costumes as well. 

“Elektra” is a command performance for its lead women. You will want to see it. But if you attend with your offspring, just lock your bathroom door before you climb into the tub.

Catherine Hellmann is a teacher, theater fanatic, and mom of four. She would rather read a book than watch the Super Bowl...that’s football, right? 

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s riveting Sir David McVicar production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra runs for six performances through Feb. 22 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $37 and are available now at lyricopera.org/Elektra or by calling 312-827-5600. 

In just 100 minutes Elektra tells the harrowing story of the outcast princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, King Agamemnon, at the hands of her mother Klytämnestra and her mother’s lover Aegisth, who’s claimed the throne. The intense, densely orchestrated score drives the tense drama to its shocking conclusion in true edge-of-your-seat cinematic thriller style.

The extraordinary soprano Nina Stemme (winner of the prestigious 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize) will make her long-awaited Lyric debut in her exceptionally challenging signature role. Acclaimed South African soprano Elza van den Heever portrays Elektra’s conflicted sister Chrysothemis, and American mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens takes on the fearsome role of the emotionally tortured Klytämnestra, one of her many Strauss roles. Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson portrays long-lost brother Orest, and American tenor Robert Brubacker plays the creepy murderous usurper Aegisth (the latter two are making Lyric debuts).

The internationally heralded conductor Donald Runnicles conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra, whose forces are expanded to meet the incredible demands of Strauss’s score. The production originally staged by Sir David McVicar to open Lyric’s 2012/13 season is designed by John MacFarlane, with lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Nick Sandys makes his Lyric debut as revival director, having served as fight choreographer in several Lyric productions. 

Donald Runnicles

Elektra is performed in German with projected English translations.

Performance dates for Elektra are February 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, and 22.  

Performance times vary. For tickets and information call (312) 827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org/Elektra.

Not since "Game of Thrones" has a story about murder, revenge, and madness captivated us as thoroughly as Elektra. The curtain opened Saturday on an "intensely gripping" (Chicago Sun-Times) production of Strauss's 100-minute thriller, and critics and audiences alike have been raving about this show since. 

"Conductor Donald Runnicles, in a house debut, [drew] swirling, tempestuous commentary from the Lyric Opera Orchestra"
"★ ★ ★ ½" (out of four)
–Chicago Tribune

"I would have fastened my seat belt had it been supplied"
"Fine cast and a first-rate performance by the Lyric Opera Orchestra"
"Rolling waves of orchestral sound"
"It’s the kind of payoff that gives grand opera its name"
"★ ★ ★ ½" (out of four)
–Chicago Sun-Times

"[The] singing is fantastic...[the] music is thunderous"
–Betty Mohr with Dean Richards on WGN Radio

by Richard Strauss
Sung in German with projected English translations


It’s a stunning vocal marathon, with riveting intensity. You owe it to yourself to experience the vocal grandeur and blazing drama of this passionate heroine. She’s the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss’s staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera’s hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith—magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.



Lyric Opera production.

Don't miss a moment of this "electrifying" (Chicago Classical Review) production. Watch the trailer here, and save your seats today online or over the phone at 312.827.5600.

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