| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Hot time, summer in the city, and the third episode of "Chicagoland" is filled with fireworks of all sorts.
For those of you who like and admire our mayor, this episode is a feast of favorable scenes. For those who do not like and admire the mayor, this...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:26 PM
While much of the classical music world is immersed in honoring the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, another composer anniversary of signal importance, the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, is jostling for attention this year.
| May 30, 2013
| 1:14 PM
This is one summer when local classical music lovers — and this means you — may want to skip the usual out-of-town cultural expeditions, avoid the hassles of air and car travel, and simply take advantage of the listening bounty that awaits...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Each and every year in Chicago, there is a moment when the problems of the city seem to fall away and everything seems doable and winnable again. It is a moment inextricably tied to the weather. Spring always comes later than even the worst-case scenario....
| May 7, 2013
| 11:24 AM
For ages, mankind has been fascinated by rivers, not simply as natural resources and avenues of commercial conveyance, but also as symbols, metaphors and ideas. Countless artists, composers, writers and thinkers have pondered the significance of these...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 2:43 PM
NEW YORK — While much of the nation was focused on the first presidential debate Wednesday night, there was no debate among Manhattan's classical music cognoscenti over who the most prestigious musical visitors of the week were, and are.
| Oct 4, 2012
| 8:24 AM
NEW YORK – It wasn't the tumultuous ovation that went on into the night following the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first Carnegie Hall concert under then-music director Georg Solti back in 1970, but it was loud and it was instantaneous....
| Oct 5, 2012
| 2:20 PM
NEW YORK — Wandering through the darkened auditorium of Broadway's Cort Theatre here on a recent Saturday morning felt a lot like a tour of Chicago's off-Loop theater.
Michael Shannon, the former denizen of the Chicago fringe turned TV and movie...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Although the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth won't arrive until 2020, George Lepauw isn't about to wait eight years to celebrate the German composer's titanic musical achievement, or the profound influence his music has exerted on the...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 10:16 AM
Undeterred by drenching rains, a crowd of several thousand began milling around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park hours before the start of the free Chicago Symphony Orchestraconcert Friday evening. Nobody knew at the time, of course, that...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:15 AM
A little more than two years ago, the curtain lifted on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-led Citizen Musician initiative, and CSO Association President Deborah Rutter told an overflow crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center: “All of you are citizen...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Without fanfare, Lyric Opera has been systematically retiring elderly opera productions that have outlived their usefulness or have simply worn out with age. A prime candidate for junking was the 1972 Pier Luigi Pizzi production of Puccini's "La Boheme,"...