| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| May 23, 2014
First in an occasional series
CELEBRATED PIANIST JASON MORAN, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and directs jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, walks into the band room at Kenwood Academy High School and faces a rather tough crowd.
| Apr 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Is the stigma finally disappearing?
Next month, the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, Calif., will present three nights of classical music showcasing concert works by composers better known for their movie scores: John Williams, James Horner, Elliot...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Trey McIntyre didn't know he was a big fan of writer-artist Edward Gorey till a series of happy accidents. Yet a marriage between the gloomy, hilarious eccentric and this deceptively lighthearted choreographer makes perfect sense.
"It just seemed fated,...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Savion Glover's new tap dance show, "Stepz"—on tour now after its summer debut at New York City's Joyce Theater—shuffles into Chicago Friday. Not only does it star Glover—whose Tony Award-winning "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk"...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:12 AM
Conflict and war in the 20th century will be themes of this year's annual Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, the festival's outgoing director said on Tuesday.
More than 2,400 artists from 43...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Howard Jarvis, a spiritual father of today's tea party movement, might have smiled to hear that a documentary film is in the works called “Mad as Hell!: Howard Jarvis and the Birth of the Tax Revolt.”
But “mad as hell” might well...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Choreographers often take opening-night bows, always a special moment, a chance for audience and artist to commune and revel in a bit of star-studded bonhomie.
But it will be unusually thrilling when John Neumeier takes the stage after the Hamburg...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:11 AM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra does a thorough job bringing to local attention gifted young conductors who are creating a stir in the podium world. The latest to make his debut on the subscription series is Vasily Petrenko, the 36-year-old chief conductor...
| May 15, 2013
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and his New World Symphony, violinist Gidon Kremer and J.S. Bach’s complete “Brandenburg” Concertos highlight the 10th season of events at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.
| Jan 30, 2011
Watching Peter Sellars rehearse is to observe a man possessed. Last week at the Metropolitan Opera House, L.A.'s reknowned theater director was fine-tuning "Nixon in China," which opens Wednesday. The new production of the John Adams opera, about the pre-...