| Jul 22, 2012
Where the Heart Beats
John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Penguin: 477 pp., $29.95
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, composer John Cage underwent related crises in his...
| Jan 9, 2012
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Flutist Mathieu DufourHighlights Evanston Symphony Orchestra’sFinal Concert of the Season Evanston, IL — Mathieu Dufour, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is featured soloist …...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 4:32 PM
The National Endowment for the Humanities has issued $21 million in grants, including $2.1 million to renew a traveling exhibition program geared toward small museums. California accounted for $1.4 million in grants....
| Nov 12, 2010
| 4:36 PM
My Sentinel colleague Jim Abbott writes about the group Brooklyn Rider, performing Saturday as part of a residency thanks to the Bach Festival Society. Here's his story: By Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel music writer Equally comfortable in nightclubs and...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Dec. 7, 1940: Yes, the bell on traffic semaphores in the old Warner Bros. cartoons wasnât a joke. Today, we just honk since drivers are usually checking their BlackBerrys when the light turns green. The audience walks out on the......
| May 23, 2011
| 1:51 PM
Son of Chamber Symphony/String Quartet
Listen to this release, then dig up a recording of Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E, Op. 9 (1906), a knotty, daring ride through outer space. Schoenberg figured out more than a...
| May 3, 2012
| 12:45 PM
When Chicago pianist Miguel de la Cerna was growing up on the South Side, the sound of jazzand blues, gospel and funk, R&B and soul was everywhere. It blasted out of clubs and apartments, car radios and storefronts, inspiring a kid growing up near 41st...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 11:44 AM
Sunwatcher, saxophonist Jeff Lederer’s first recording as a bandleader, feels like a career retrospective. The spirit of Lederer’s musical hero, the late avant-garde saxophonist and composer Albert Ayler, hangs over the recording, from the...
| Jul 27, 2008
The San Francisco
Tape Music Center
1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde
Edited by David W. Bernstein
University of California Press/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 336 pp., $65
THERE was a time when the zeitgeist used to get bashed about...
| Jan 10, 2009
When times are good, artists and writers get the support they need, enriching city life in unquantifiable ways. But when the economy heads south or the rich lose interest, artists are among the first to suffer. Today we're hearing predictions of fewer...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...