Category Archives: Performances

Symphony Center with MCP

Symphony Center in Chicago with Manhattan Concert Productions - Performance Photography by Michael Courier

Jubilate Deo by Manhattan Concert Productions performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago.

So far this year, work has been steady—with a variety of awesome projects and beautiful venues. I’ve been busier than anticipated, which means I’ve not been posting my recent work as often as I should.

Earlier this month I photographed my first symphony. I’ve photographed a lot of classical theater and sketch comedy, but this was something special. I was hired by Manhattan Concert Productions to photograph their performance at the Symphony Center. The architecture of the venue is absolutely beautiful and was designed by the famous architect Daniel Burnham.

I’m looking forward to going back and watching a performance, and enjoying the environment without the pressures of work.

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017

Heavyweight performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Heavyweight performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773. From left to right: Mark Raterman, TJ Miller, Nick Vatterott, and Brady Novak.

Heavyweight performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Heavyweight.

Heavyweight performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Heavyweight.

Heavyweight performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Heavyweight.

Feminine Gentlemen performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Feminine Gentlemen featuring Liz McArthur (the bear) and Jill Valentine (the corpse).

Feminine Gentlemen performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Feminine Gentlemen.

Hot Raw Fire performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hot Raw Fire performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773.

At the beginning of January I was one of five photographers who were responsible for capturing the chaos and excitement of the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773. It was awesome!

I photographed my first Sketchfest in 2012, which is how I got interested in photographing the performing arts. This year marked my fifth year at the festival, and it was a great way to kick off the new year. It was tough to narrow down all the photographs I made at Sketchfest, but these are some of my favorites.

The Tim and Micah Project performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

The Tim & Micah Project featuring Tim Soszko (left) and Micah Philbrook (right).

The Tim and Micah Project performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

You can follow The Tim & Micah Project on Facebook.

The Defiant Thomas Brothers performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

The Defiant Thomas Brothers featuring Paul Thomas (left) and Seth Thomas (right).

The Defiant Thomas Brothers performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

You can learn more about The Defiant Thomas Brothers on their website.

The Cupid Players performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

The Cupid Players performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773.

Expecto performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Expecto performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773.

Stir Friday Night and Hunks performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Stir Friday Night (left) and Hunks (right).

Hunks performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hunks.

Hunks performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hunks.

Kalny Cerami performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Kalny Cerami featuring Trey Kalny (left) and Jeanette Cerami (right).

Hot Thespian Action performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hot Thespian Action performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773.

Hot Thespian Action performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hot Thespian Action.

Hot Thespian Action performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Hot Thespian Action.

2 Humans performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

2 Humans featuring Michael Mongiardi (left) and Natalie Metcalfe (right).

The Cool Table performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

The Cool Table.

Awkward Spaceship performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Awkward Spaceship performing at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage773. You can watch some of their work by visiting their website.

There was a wedding at the 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 at Stage773 - Performance photography by Michael Courier

And there was even a Sketchfest wedding!