Classics in the Parks Series Announces Kalapriya, In the Spirit and Shanta Performance and Workshop Schedules


The Chicago Park District in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announces updated schedules for Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts and In the Spirit and Shanta.  Performances are part of the interdisciplinary Classics in the Parks series that features local companies in an eclectic interpretation of classical performances from ballet to traditional art forms from around the globe.  All performances are admission free.  Availability is on a first come, first-served basis as space allows. 

Following is the updated Classics in the Parks schedule:

Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts
Nov. 15-Dec. 14
Various Locations

Sara Ranganathan and Gana Ranganathan
Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 773-638-1766
No advance reservations required for any of the performances or workshops

Kalapriya presents a program reflecting the rich tapestry of classical Indian music and dance.  Each performance will showcase local and national acts, including south Indian artist Saraswathi Ranganathan who kicks off the series playing veena, an Indian string instrument, and Gana Ranganathan on mridangam (percussion). 

Kalapriya will also provide participatory, interactive workshops where musicians will demonstrate scales and notes and dancers will show steps and movements.  More information on Kalapriya is available here.

Lyon Leifer and Shyam Kane
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. workshop
Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m. performance
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, 312-742-7502
No advance reservations required.
Lyon Leifer on bansuri (flute) and Shyam Kane on tabla.

Charu Swaminathan, Ajit Deshmukh and Priya Narayan
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., dance demonstrations/workshops
5:30 p.m. performance
Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St., 312-747-6174
Charu Swaminathan on vocals and tabla accompanies dancers Ajit Deshmukh and Priya Narayan.

Indian Rhythm Workshop for Kids
Thursday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m.
Alam Khan and Shyam Kane performance
Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., 773-287-7658
Alam Khan on sarod (stringed instrument) and Shyam Kane on tabla.

In the Spirit and Shanta
Classic Black
Nov. 23-Dec. 20
Various locations
An ensemble of storytellers and percussionists will combine classic African American literature from such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes with music from Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, and Mahalia Jackson, among others.  The stories, songs, rhythms and poetry will create an interactive lesson on Black history.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Park, 5120 W. 44th St.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 12 p.m. workshop, 2 p.m. performance

West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St., 312-747-7090
Friday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m. workshop, 6 p.m. performance

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-761-0376
Friday, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. performance

About Classics in the Parks

Classics in the Parks features The Joffrey Academy (Oct. 11-12), The Gift Theatre (Oct. 30-Nov. 9), Chicago Opera Theater (Nov. 1-10), Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts (Nov. 15-Dec. 14) and In the Spirit and Shanta (Nov. 23-Dec. 20).

Classics in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.  Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan.  For more information, visit


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