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UPDATE: Harris Theater Reopens After Fire, Chicago Opera's 'Queenie Pie' and Music of the Baroque's 'Italian Style' Rescheduled

By Louise Burton l.burton@classicalite.com on Mar 13, 2014 04:28 PM EDT

UPDATE: The Harris Theater reopened on Friday after an electrical and mechanical fire caused the busy performing arts venue to shut down for more than two weeks.

The theater's director, Michael Tiknis, said that all necessary repairs and inspections have been completed, and the theater is once more fully operational.

The shutdown on February 19 forced a number of events to be rescheduled, including performances by Chicago Opera Theater and Music of the Baroque. Alonzo King LINES Ballet performances have been postponed until new Harris Theater performance dates and times can be found.

COT's remaining performances of Duke Ellington's opera Queenie Pie have been rescheduled to March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and March 23 at 3 p.m.

The Music of the Baroque program "Handel and Bach-Italian Style" has been rescheduled to April 21.

More information about these performances and other upcoming events at the Harris Theater is available at harristheaterchicago.org.

Chicago's Harris Theater will remain closed through Thursday, March 6 after an electrical fire on Wednesday afternoon damaged operational and mechanical equipment in the busy performing arts venue.

The theater is working to reschedule a number of events, and recently announced that Chicago Opera Theater's performances of the Duke Ellington opera Queenie Pie will be moved to 7:30 p.m. on March 19 and 20, and 3:00 p.m. on March 23.

Music of the Baroque, scheduled to perform the program "Handel and Bach-Italian Style" at the Harris on March 3, is in the process of determining whether the concert can be moved to another venue.

The Harris Theater also said that a plan is underway to reschedule performances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet and the Joffrey Academy of Dance Choreographers of Color Awards.

The theater will have further announcements about these events soon.

Performances by the Hamburg Ballet, scheduled for February 19 and 20, were cancelled as a result of the fire.

Michael Tiknis, president of the Harris Theater, said: "We remain in a state of sadness over the loss of the performances of the Hamburg Ballet. But we are confident that repairs to the theater can be made, and schedules altered in a way that will maintain the majority, if not all, of those that have been affected by this serious electrical malfunction."

No one was injured in the electrical fire. And the theater announced that no structural damage occurred inside or outside the venue, according to a report by safety officials.

Officials outlined a two-week timeline for repairs, including the installation and inspection of newly acquired electrical equipment.

The theater is expected to be fully operational by March 6.

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