Congratulations to our friends at the Auditorium Theatre as they celebrate 125 years! First opening its doors on December 9, 1889, the Auditorium hosted a gala program that evening that culminated with an appearance by soprano Adelina Patti, one of the most celebrated singers of the day. She performed, unaccompanied, John Howard Payne‘s Home, Sweet Home, “so well that President Benjamin Harrison rose from his seat and smote his right hand with his left as everybody else was doing” (according to the Chicago Tribune).

Theodore Thomas and the Chicago Orchestra onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in November 1897

Theodore Thomas and the Chicago Orchestra onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in November 1897

Less than two years later, the Auditorium Theatre became the first home of the Chicago Orchestra (as we were then called) when Theodore Thomas led our first concerts on October 16 and 17, 1891. It would remain the Orchestra’s primary venue until Orchestra Hall opened its doors on December 14, 1904.

To commemorate the anniversary, a gala concert this evening features members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, among many others.

Congratulations on your first 125 years!

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