| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| May 12, 2014
| 2:34 PM
David McGill, the esteemed principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the last 17 years, will resign his post in August to accept a fulltime teaching position at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.
| May 2, 2014
| 11:51 AM
This has been a banner week for Beethoven in downtown Chicago.
On Tuesday night at the Harris Theater, David Finckel and Wu Han presented a deeply satisfying traversal of the composer's complete cello and piano sonatas. On Thursday at Orchestra Hall,...
| May 6, 2014
| 11:05 AM
No one expects the course of creating a brand-new opera to run absolutely smoothly, any more than the course of true love. Four hundred years of operatic history suggest it seldom does.
But the gestation of "Bel Canto," an operatic adaptation of Ann...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Few people are lucky enough to be surrounded by as astonishing a diversity of music and musicians as conductor Leonard Slatkin was while growing up.
From the mid-1940s into the '50s, his parents' Los Angeles home was a welcoming nexus for various...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 1:13 PM
It may be comforting to someone somewhere — though I'm hard-pressed to figure out who or where — to know that Riccardo Muti, the esteemed music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, believes that Chicago is "the most elegant...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:15 AM
CHICAGO — When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend....
| Mar 3, 2014
| 10:04 AM
The recital program given by Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall added dimension to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's present cycle of the Schubert symphonies under Riccardo Muti. At the same time, it provided valuable insights...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Esa-Pekka Salonen's guest relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has spanned a remarkably productive 26 years. The period neatly brackets the composer and conductor's rise from being a relatively unknown golden boy of the baton to his...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 11:30 AM
The Vienna Philharmonic has become the first orchestra to win the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize, one of the highest honors in the classical-music field.
Organizers of the Nilsson Prize, which carries a $1-million award, made the announcement on...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:08 PM
It's an interesting coincidence that Riccardo Muti's spring residency at Symphony Center is beginning soon after the end of the Vienna Philharmonic's own residency in New York's Carnegie Hall, part of an extended festival of operatic and symphonic music...