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Posted September 8, 2011

Harris Theater, re-energized

Music and dance. Small, adventurous performing arts groups. Stunning acoustics in a small theater setting — not a bad seat in the house. Where in Chicago do you get it all? Only at (take a deep breath) the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park. In fact, there isn’t another theater quite like it anywhere else in the U.S. Sure, there are many mixed-use venues, but the Harris is on a mission: to actually support the arts groups that perform there. So marketing the Harris also means helping the resident companies market themselves.

In the year leading up to the theater’s eighth season, Jell and Harris worked together to replace an aging site with a state-of-the-art, mobile-friendly browsing/shopping experience.

Are you a music lover? Or maybe dance is your thing? Or perhaps you really just want to know about the blockbuster events in the Harris Theater Presents series? Great: just browse the current season and choose which category of events you want to see.

If you’re primarily interested in a particular arts company, just visit their page to view all upcoming performances, and video, audio, and reviews to “try before you buy." And of course you can share your finds via Facebook, Twitter, and a couple dozen other social media channels.

This project was also Jell’s first encounter with Tessitura — the database favored by most performing art organizations to manage performances, ticket sales, and fundraising efforts. The Harris site, built on our custom CMS, integrates seamlessly with Tessitura to update upcoming events and ticket availability.

Congratulations on your new site Harris — with a special thanks to Katie Ide and Omar Miller, and Harris alumni Anna Fitzloff and Gideon Teklu!