Coming up in less than 10 days is a first-time concert adventure in the urban wilds of the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Chicago Philharmonic will perform a unique, classical music concert for all ages in the zoo’s Main Mall on Friday evening, August 23, 2019.
After the normal visiting hours end, the east and west zoo gates will reopen at 6:30 for this ticketed concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.. Seating will be general admission, non-VIP guests are encouraged to bring blankets and small folding chairs. VIP ticket holders will have access to the large, rooftop deck above the gift shop, which has private seating overlooking the Main Mall.
In addition to hearing the music live in the Mall, the concert will also be broadcast on speakers throughout the grounds, so everyone has the option of strolling through the zoo while savoring the end of summer and enjoying this exceptional, one-of-a-kind music experience. Beautiful symphonic pieces by Bartok, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Piazzolla and Vivaldi will be performed. The concert program is approximately 90 minutes long and the evening will conclude at 9 p.m..
Edward Kelsey Moore will be performing among his Chicago Philharmonic colleagues.
Main Mall cash bars and concessions will be open for refreshments. Advance tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, any remaining tickets will be sold at the main east and west entrance gates on the evening of the event. It is highly recommended that you purchase in advance as there are only a limited number of tickets available. All ages are welcome, children 3 years and younger enter free with a paid adult.
$25 General Admission (10% off for Zoo/Chicago Philharmonic Society members) $1.75 Eventbrite service fee per ticket.
$55 VIP Admission (includes one complimentary drink ticket and exclusive access to the rooftop deck above the gift shop, which features private seating and bathrooms) $2.65 Eventbrite service fee per ticket.
Parking is available in the adjacent lot (east of the Zoo) for an additional charge. The parking price is typically $20 per car — due to the special event this rate may be adjusted. Limited street parking is also available. Several city bus lines provide service nearby.
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Please note: There are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo. All events will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!
Chicago Philharmonic at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Fri, August 23, 2019, 6:30p.m. (the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60614
If you are a teacher, a literary scholar, a writer interested in the process of other writers OR a reader who likes a challenge, then a recently published collection of essays, Why I Like This Story, is a project after your own heart.
Years ago Jackson R. Bryer, the editor of this collection, began asking authors to choose a favorite short story and then write about it. Why I Like This Story presents brief essays by forty-eight leading American writers on their favorite American short stories — explaining why they like them.
The essays, which are personal, not scholarly, not only tell us much about the story selected, they also tell us a good deal about the author of the essay — about what elements of fiction he or she values. Among the contributors to the book are Julia Alvarez, Richard Bausch, Ann Beattie, Alan Cheuse, Andre Dubus, William H. Gass, Julia Glass, Jane Hamilton, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Edward Kelsey Moore, Annie Proulx, Joan Silber, Elizabeth Spencer, Mako Yoshikawa, and many more.
Please note that the actual short stories which inspired the author essays are not included in Why I Like This Story. To fully appreciate Edward Kelsey Moore’s seven page essay on the story, Blessed Assurance by Langston Hughes, you will need to seek out the short story — and likewise all the other short stories referred to in these essays. If you love great fiction, then this is the best kind of treasure hunt. Your allies on this quest are your local bookstore, online merchants, and perhaps you can find some of the short stories available on the internet. Happy hunting — happy reading!
For readers with hearts closer to their stomachs than their heads, a contribution by Edward Kelsey Moore to a previous collection might also be appealing. A few years back Edward shared his recipe for health-forward dessert bars (which include apples and sweet potatoes), prefaced by a sweet story he wrote on My Best Dietary Intentions. Both of these treats from Edward are part of the project, The Artists’ And Writers’ Cookbook, which includes stories and recipes from seventy-six contemporary artists and writers, all bound in a beautiful book with charming illustrations!
Both books are easily available from online merchants, or stop by your local independent bookstore.