Looking for some culture this weekend? Look no further than Fermilab, which will host two very different but equally compelling performances for your enjoyment.
On Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., the Golden Dragon Acrobats will astound you with their otherworldly abilities to contort, balance and tumble — a combination of athleticism and artistry that’s rarely seen anywhere. They’re coming to Ramsey Auditorium, and they represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
Tickets are $38 for adults and $19 for ages 18 and under. Purchase online.
Then, on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fermilab Art Gallery, the Metropolis Oboe Quartet will perform a number of works for oboe and strings, including “Three Quark Pieces,” which was inspired by the lab and written by a Chicago area composer Scott Stevenson. Stevenson says, “Back in 1999 I wrote a tune titled ‘Strange, Charmed’ for my debut jazz quartet album. I have always been intrigued by the poetic, whimsical names given these two particles, in comparison to the more mundane names given the other four quark flavors (up, down, top, bottom). Movement two is based on that 1999 composition. Movement three, ‘Up/Down,’ is based on ideas I sketched out for oboe quartet in the early 2000s. Movement one, ‘Top/Bottom,’ consists of all original material from late 2016.” For nearly a decade, the group has been treating Chicagoland to stellar renditions of both famous masterpieces and lesser-known gems. No Metropolis Oboe Quartet experience is the same, with the close-knit group of musicians eager to share their extensive musical knowledge with audience members via playful conversations interspersed throughout the program.
Tickets are $18. Purchase online.