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Close-Up with King Roger


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Close-Up with King Roger

Great Hall

Saturday, 7PM to 9PM
November 5, 2022


Chicago Opera Theater




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Join Chicago Opera Theater as we come together for our first Close-Up of the 2022/2023 season discussing none other than the grand King Roger, composed by Karol Szymanowski.

Mirroring a mystical and epic storyline, the music of King Roger is lush, sweepingly Romantic, and calls for massive forces. The colossal chorus for this production will be made up of a trifecta of Chicago singing organizations. For the first time, COT will partner with Chicago’s premiere Polish music and dance organization- the Lira Ensemble whose singers will be represented in the chorus. Apollo Chorus, one of Chicago’s top volunteer choral societies, returns to the COT stage joining the chorus of King Roger and a chorus of children come from Uniting Voices Chicago- the organization formerly known as Chicago Children’s Choir.

You might like this if:

  • You enjoy epic film scores

  • you love exploring what religion means to you and to our society

  • The symphony is your jam, especially large scale symphonic works by Eastern European composers

  • You’re into mysticism and meditation


  • You want to change the world and are fascinated by leaders of social movements


The Close-Up will feature an intimate dialogue about epic 20th century work making it’s Chicago Premiere.

You can also expect musical performances by COT's Young Artists.

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