| Jul 13, 2012
| 5:48 AM
Blame it on Lawrence Welk.
If you're unfamiliar with that name, members of the American Accordionists' Association will give you an extra-warm welcome to their festival in Baltimore this week.
Accordionists in this country have long struggled with the...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:31 AM
A lot of contemporary classical music is being composed, but there are relatively few opportunities to hear it live.
The Dancing Heart Flute and Piano Duo will be doing its part to provide modern music for modern ears with a concert for the Sundays at...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:35 PM
SOCHI, Russia Figure skating is the rose in the garden of sports: Beautiful to look at but painful if you try to grasp it too tightly.
Figure skating was exquisitely infuriating at its flashiest quadrennial moment Thursday when the long-program score for...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Calling all lovers of good storytelling and good music (and not necessarily in that order). So you don’t have to do all the work, here’s a curated list of the week’s offerings of the signature Times feature called the Column......
| Apr 11, 2013
| 9:50 AM
In 1959, Astor Piazzolla – a genius of tango composition and performance – released "Take Me Dancing," an album he later deemed an artistic "sin."
The jazz-inspired recording, which Piazzolla had hoped would enable him to break through to...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Even if the Florida Grand Opera's new experiment of smoldering tango music and vibrant opera singing goes off without a snafu, the most-surprised person in the room will be the production's own conductor, Ramon Tebar.
The reason, of course, is that...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 1:19 PM
With acts of terror again splashed across front pages, the sheer immediacy of Chicago Opera Theater's production of "Maria de Buenos Aires" hits you like a blow to the solar plexus. The show, which opened Saturday at the Harris Theater for Music and...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 11:49 AM
Andreas Mitisek is only half-kidding when he says he's lost count as to exactly how many hats he will be sporting for the production of "Maria de Buenos Aires" his Chicago Opera Theater will open Saturday night at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance....
| Jul 18, 2012
| 9:23 PM
A Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, the world premiere of a song cycle based on poems by Carl Reiner’s daughter, dazzling international dance ensembles, circus arts and perhaps America’s premier storyteller will highlight the 16th season of...
| Sep 4, 2012
Some gigs seem almost too good to be true: I’ve been covering music for the Tribune for 35 years, since I started freelancing in 1977 and joined the staff in ’83.
I sometimes get emails from great musicians traveling the world who tell me...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 7:34 PM
Oh my, I've been loving this weather. Coastal eddy can come and stay for the entire summer. These cool mornings are divine, and the air smells so sweet.
Speaking of fragrances, the other night I was held hostage in my car for nearly 40 minutes because...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 7:45 AM
In contrast with the greatest hits programming Lyric Opera has announced for next season, the alternative opera schedule with which Chicago Opera Theater is inaugurating the Andreas Mitisek era, beginning this weekend, promises to be anything but safe and...