April Highlights

    April Highlights

    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra ends its first year of residency with a performance of Mozart symphonies.

    The University of Chicago Presents
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    3 p.m. Sunday, April 23
    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will treat the audience to a banquet of Mozart symphonies — what many believe were his greatest achievement in the form. Led by SPCO Artistic Partner, acclaimed Italian conductor Roberto Abbado, the final concert of the SPCO Series crowns Mozart’s 250th birthday celebration and brings the first year of residency to a close. Ticket prices are $35 for the general public or $11 for students with valid IDs. For more information, visit http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

    President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus

    Graduate School of Business
    Distinguished Speaker Series

    Vaclav Klaus
    4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26
    5807 South Woodlawn Ave. Room C-25

    Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, will speak on the topic, “The Czech Republic’s Role in an Artificially Unified Europe.” Klaus was elected president of the Czech Republic in 2003. Previously he was prime minister, vice chairman of the government of the Czechoslovak Federal Republic, and federal minister of finance. He has been instrumental in translating the principles of the Chicago School of Economics into a reform program that transformed the former Czechoslovakia into a free market economy.

    César Chávez

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
    César E. Chávez Commemoration

    6:30 p.m. Friday April 14
    Biological Science Learning Center 115
    924 East 57th St.

    César Chávez was a Chicano labor activist and leader of the United Farm Workers. Through non-violent means, including strikes and boycotts, he was able to bring national attention to the plight of migrant workers and improve migrants’ conditions. This year’s commemoration will feature Julie Chavez Rodríguez, granddaughter of César Chávez, as the keynote speaker. Chavez Rodríguez is the Programs Director for the César E. Chávez Foundation. She is currently spearheading the National Youth Leadership Initiative to address academic and civic disengagement among today’s youth. Co-sponsored by: Katz Center for Mexican Studies, Center for Race Politics and Culture, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Student Government, and Office of Minority Student Affairs.

    Bullseye (2006) by Stuart Keeler pays tribute to the exterior of the new Art Center.

    Hyde Park Art Center

    Monday, April 24 - Sunday, June 11
    5020 S. Cornell Ave.. (773) 324-5520

    The first exhibition for the new Hyde Park Art Center at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. will be of new works by emerging and established artists with Chicago roots. The innovative nature of the building’s architecture and the one-of-a-kind glass façade are designed to be resources that artists can use and transform in exciting ways. A select group of artists at all stages in their careers have been asked to create art works that respond to this challenge. Invited artists have proposed new works that utilize, incorporate, correspond or disrupt a particular space in the building. The exhibition will break down the distinctions between gallery and classrooms, hallways and offices, making the whole Art Center accessible to the creative process. Visitors will explore the entire building while experiencing site-responsive art works by a collection of the area’s finest artists.