Members of Trio Solaris, who will travel to Jacob's Pillow this summer to perform alongside Trey McIntyre Dance Project (photo courtesy of the Music Institute of Chicago).


This summer, the Music Institute of Chicago’s Trio Solaris, comprised of the Institute’s top Fellow Laureates, will travel to the internationally renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, to perform live alongside Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) in The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a new Harris Theater–commissioned work. Trey McIntyre Project will present its final six performances at Jacob’s Pillow, June 25–June 29, in a program that will include

The Vinegar Works
and Mercury Half-Life, a ballet set entirely to the music of rock band Queen. A Harris Theater benefactor has generously provided travel-related costs for the members of Trio Solaris. The Vinegar Works, a collaboration between TMP and the Music Institute, is based on the writings and illustrations of Chicago-born author Edward Gorey, set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor and performed by Trio Solaris. The project is the last new work created by choreographer Trey McIntyre for the full-time dance ensemble. The company announced earlier this year that it will transition to a new creative direction under McIntyre’s leadership.

Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, home to America’s longest-running dance festival, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Noted dance writer Jennifer Dunning has called the Pillow “the dance center of the nation, possibly the world.”

Ella Baff, executive and artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival noted, “This engagement will offer a wonderful experience for these talented young artists, and undoubtedly a rewarding opportunity for us. Part of our work at the Pillow is to introduce new ideas and new people to the greater arts community. This is a chance to do both with a new generation of professionals.”  

The work was performed earlier this month, accompanied by the trio, at Harris Theater as a part of the theater’s 10th anniversary celebration. For more information about the upcoming performance or about the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, visit


Young Chicago Trio to Make Jacob's Pillow Debut this Summer