Joffrey Ballet’s ‘What is this thing called love?’
BY Splash Staff
Local singing sensation Shelley MacArthur took to the Joffrey Ballet’s stage on Valentine’s Day to warm the hearts of 250 guests with a special performance of her cabaret show, “What is This Thing Called Love?” Attendees sipped free-flowing Champagne and snacked on delicious bites — the menu was planned by chef Charlie Trotter and included a raw bar, Vosges truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries and French pastries — before taking their seats in the Murphy Auditorium (50 E. Erie) and enjoying tunes from MacArthur, husband-and-wife opera singers Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke, and Rich Daniels and the 33-piece City Lights Orchestra. With the help of a co-chair committee that included Melissa Babcock, Renée Crown, Marty Higgins, Jerrilyn Hoffman, Whitney Lasky, Traci Mansur, Shauna Montgomery, Maria Smithburg and Kimberly White, more than $200,000 was raised to benefit the Joffrey’s programs and performances.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen and Bob Carl