September 1, 2014
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and
Rashid Johnson exhibitions
Two well-known artists — Rashid Johnson and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle — with strong connections to Chicago will be featured in a pair of exhibitions at the Monique Meloche Gallery, 2154 W. Division St. Both are graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and both have had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago — Johnson in 2012 and Manglano-Ovalle in 1997. The duo exhibitions open Sept. 12 with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and run through Jan. 4. (773) 252-0299 or moniquemeloche.com.
Shomei Tomatsu exhibit
In the 1960s, Shomei Tomatsu turned his camera on Japan’s southern islands, recording not only scenes of tranquil beauty but also politically charged images of the then American-controlled island of Okinawa. A selection of his island views will be shown Sept. 14-Jan. 5 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. It will be the photographer’s first museum show anywhere since his death last year and his first solo exhibition in the United States in almost 10 years. (312) 443-3600 or artic.edu.
Among Benjamin Britten’s many strengths was his ability to set language, specifically English, to music. Among the famed British composer’s inspirations was the celebrated poetry of two of his compatriots: W.H. Auden and Edith Sitwell. The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, joins forces with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago Presents for a free concert of Britten’s works inspired by the two poets. The event at
7 p.m. Sept. 11 will feature soprano Kiera Duffy, tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Shannon McGinnis. (312) 787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.
Chroma Chamber Orchestra
The Chroma Chamber Orchestra, ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, delights in exploring little-known musical gems, often juxtaposing them with more familiar works. Among the works getting a turn in the spotlight in its next concert (7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston) will be Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Samuel Barber’s “Capricorn” Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Trumpet. Tickets, $30. (847) 905-1500, Ext. 108, or musicinst.org/nichols-concert-hall.
World Music Festival
World Music Festival Chicago 2013 will run through Sept. 12-22 and encompass musicians from 34 countries performing more than 70 free concerts in venues around the city. The musical line-up opens at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 with a performance by the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. (312)744-3316 or cityofchicago.org.
—Compiled by Kyle MacMillan