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'Giselle' by Paris OperBallet.

"Giselle" by the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Updated: July 7, 2011 2:26PM

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has put the finishing touches on an action-packed 2011-12 season that will include some of the top artists on the international scene. Highlights include:

† The fabled Paris Opera Ballet’s first-ever stop in Chicago, launching an American tour here with performances of “Giselle” (June 27-28, 2012), as well as a mixed bill of rarely seen 20th century neo-classical works including Serge Lifar’s “Suite en blanc,” Roman Petit’s “L’Arlesienne” and Maurice Bejart’s “Le Bolero” (June 29-July 1). All performances will be accompanied by the Grant Park Orchestra.

† The Merce Cunningham Dance Company (presented in collaboration with the Dance Center of Columbia College), in two programs marking the “final tour” by the troupe before it disbands in the wake of its namesake’s death. Program A (Nov. 18), will include four pieces created by the modern dance master between the 1950s and 1980s; Program B (Nov. 19) will be his full-length work “Roaratorio,” set to John Cage’s 1979 composition, “Roaratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegan’s Wake.”

† The inaugural Chicago season of the distinguished Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — part of a three-year initiative — which will include three different concerts focusing on clarinet trios (Jan. 27), masters of the keyboard (March 20) and French virtuosity (May 22).

† The Grammy Award-winning Eroica Trio in collaboration with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a program of Beethoven and Brahms (Nov. 7).

Also headed to the Harris are Les Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male parody troupe (Jan. 24); the Morehouse College Glee Club, in a celebration of its 100th anniversary as an all-male, African-American vocal ensemble; several family programs courtesy of Hubbard Street 2 and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and the popular Eat to the Beat lunchtime series, back for its third season with $5 tickets.

For tickets, phone (312) 334-7777 or visit

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