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When: Feb. 25-27 2011

Although choreographer Mark Morris has mined classical music for more than 30 years, his kinetic takes on complex compositions remain fresh, refracting the music through a rogue's mind and heart. This weekend his company gives its first full concert here in four years, offering Chicago premieres of three works that first saw light in 2010. The most ambitious is Socrates, a dance for 15 performed to Erik Satie's symphonic drama, Socrate, as arranged for piano and tenor voice (supertitles translate the French). "The reason I love the music," Morris has said of Socrate, "is the same reason the music drives people crazy. In a certain way it's featureless. . . . A lot happens, but it happens very gently." Morris's first all-woman piece--Petrichor, a septet whose title refers to the smell of rain on dry earth--unspools to Heitor Villa-Lobos's String Quartet #2, while The Muir is set to Beethoven's arrangements of seven folk songs. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $45-$95


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