| Jan 17, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Chicago opera lovers impatient to learn what innovations Anthony Freud will put into place now that he is well and truly ensconced as general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, will have to cool their heels.
The first Lyric season to fall entirely under...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 9:51 PM
PARIS -- You can't have music without rests, and musicians without rests don't sound so great either, so after six straight nights of concerts, the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra finally got a day off to set out on various quests.
| Feb 22, 2012
| 10:04 AM
A commenter who posted a threatening message on a local New York blog targeting NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has been arrested, officials said.
According to authorities, the commenter, identified as 47-year-old Richard Strauss, posted the comment...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:16 PM
I first tried watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" when I was around 10 because I heard it somehow related to "Star Wars." My adolescent reasoning was simple: "Star Wars" is great, so any related films must be great, too. Right?
So in the pre-Netflix and...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 9:57 PM
It was a pleasant concert with a clever name.
Sometimes the audience was in awe. Other times everybody just relaxed and watched the world go by — literally, in this case.
The Pacific Symphony's "2011: A Space Odyssey" concert on Oct. 20, in...
| Apr 4, 2010
The Arts Club in Chicago is a tony member's eatery favored by architects and artists, featuring a steel staircase designed by Mies van der Rohe and a permanent collection of works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.
It was no...
| Oct 23, 2008
The Esa-Pekka Salonen piece “Stockholm Diary” is the one that somehow got away. A boisterous, significant 13-minute score for string orchestra, it was commissioned to cap a major retrospective of Salonen's work in the Swedish capital four...
| Dec 1, 2008
At the end of a long and full life, Richard Strauss wrote four songs for soprano and orchestra. Born in 1864, he weathered two world wars, remaining on the German side for both.
The English titles are "Spring," "September," "Going to Sleep" and "At...
| Oct 30, 2008
Leon Botstein is a can-do conductor eager to get a bright sound out of almost any orchestra, even the moody Jerusalem Symphony. So Tuesday night, Botstein -- who juggles a music directorship in the Israeli capital with his other day jobs as president of...
| Nov 6, 2008
After being bailed out repeatedly over the years by a small corps of big donors, Opera Pacific, Orange County's professional opera company, appears to have sung its swan song -- barring a fairy-tale rescue.
If it succumbs, the company, founded in 1986 as...
| Jun 14, 2009
In her four decades of performing on the international stage, Kiri Te Kanawa has appeared to live a fairy-tale existence. Adopted as an infant, Te Kanawa enjoyed a modest New Zealand youth until the age of 19 when she placed second in that country's...