| Mar 7, 2014
| 6:09 PM
The Sports Xchange
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
Team Penske sweeps Sprint Cup front row for second straight week
Distributed by The SportsXchange
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Team Penske has this system down cold.
A week after Joey Logano and Brad...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Apollo Chorus: Stephen Alltop leads his choral forces and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in two choral masterpieces, Mozart's "Great" Mass in minor and Dvorak's Te Deum. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave....
| Feb 18, 2014
| 11:20 AM
The final new production of the current Lyric Opera season is a work few audience members have ever encountered in live performance: Antonin Dvorak's "Rusalka."
Indeed, the only part of the score most opera lovers are apt to know at all is the title...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 6:59 PM
Late Monday afternoon, the lobby of the Gene Siskel Film Center was thick with expectations. The money guys hovered. They were about to see the result of their investments — they were about to see "Life Itself," the new Steve James documentary about...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Lyric Opera’s 60th anniversary season will run Sept. 27 to March 15 at the Civic Opera House and will consist of 68 performances of eight operas, the same total as that of the current season.
The 2014-15 schedule, announced Monday morning at a...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:45 AM
The year began badly for Riccardo Muti – and, by extension, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – when the maestro suffered a bout of flu followed by hernia surgery within only a couple of weeks in January. These latest health setbacks forced...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:46 AM
This is the winter of our content. "Our," as in Chicago classical music lovers. "Content," as in pleasure unbounded. The coming three months promise a rich array of performances that should appeal to just about every listener taste, whether the music is...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...