| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Anaphora: The third annual Sounds of Chicago concert of new music features the A/B Duo giving the premieres of chamber works by Drew Baker, Jenna Lyle and Carolyn O'Brien. 2 p.m. Sunday at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $5; anaphoraensemble.com...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Ever since the 1882 premiere of Richard Wagner's final stage work, "Parsifal," at the composer's custom-built opera house in Bayreuth, Germany, performers have wrestled mightily with the problems inherent in this long, ambiguous, enigmatic, gloriously...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's been said that more has been written about Richard Wagner than anybody who's ever lived, except for Jesus Christ. Wagner no doubt would have been flattered by the comparison.
Despite the manifold glories of the German Romantic composer's music, his...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 10:30 AM
CANNES -- The global boom of upscale cast-driven drama has injected some glamour and timeliness into the Cannes-set Mipcom confab, turning it into a one-stop-launchpad for top sales companies.
The looming airstrike, which was eventually cancelled on...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The Weinstein Co. is poised to expand its geographical footprint across Europe with "War and Peace," an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.
The U.S. powerhouse is set to co-develop and co-produce the six-part show with Look Out Point and BBC...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:55 AM
Dr. Samuel Johnson, the Brit who compiled the first major English dictionary, described opera as "an exotic and irrational entertainment."
In some respects he was right. There is something unreasonable about costumed performers singing their hearts...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:22 PM
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Chicago's fall classical music season will be dominated by the year's big composer anniversaries: the birthday bicentennials of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and the centenary of Benjamin Britten. The...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:39 PM
The period from the new year through the end of March invariably includes some of the most highly anticipated events of Chicago's classical music season. Here are 10 such events, listed in chronological order:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Andrew Z. Davis has been named president of production administration for Columbia Pictures. He will report to Col prexy Doug Belgrad, who made the announcement Wednesday.
An industry vet himself, Davis takes over for predecessor, Gary Martin, who has...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Lyric Opera's 2013-14 season will be given over almost entirely to bread-and-butter repertory designed, at least in part, to ensure the company's sizable ticket sales don't flag in a still-weakened economy.
Although Lyric enjoys the largest subscription...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 7:34 AM
The stunt involving a fire-spitting stilt walker that went awry at last week's dress rehearsal for Lyric Opera's new production of "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" threatened to steal the thunder from the show itself. That it did not was a tribute to...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:36 PM
"30 Rock" went live again on Thursday night, but the thing most people are talking about is guest star Jon Hamm appearing in black face for the show. Some viewers thought Jon Hamm in black face was one of the funniest things the series has ever done,...