And I learned from Rich Cahan's book that Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theater reopened after a long overdo restoration on October 31st, 1967, with - guess who performed there that night?

    The New York City Ballet. I saw them last night. At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. All night long I thought, "this would be so much better in the more lyrical space of Sullivan and Adler's Auditorium..."

    The NYCB last night was nothing fabulous, except for a duet to music by Stravinsky. "Duo Concertant."

    The acoustics for the live orchestra were not bad, but not exceptional. The pointe shoes clacked loudly on the floor of the Harris (and Balanchine, whose dances were performed last night, consulted on dance floors! Such as the one at our own Ravinia.)

    Still, worth seeing. And probably, the more contemporary works, such as Fearful Symmetries - to music by John Adams - will look okay in that pallid and concrete setting. Nixon in China (the John Adams opera) performed in the Harris last season by Chicago Opera Theater was riveting.

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