| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Ten years ago, the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players took on a sleek new name – Contempo – and for the first time in its 40-year history presented jazz on an even footing with classical music.
The inimitable Chicago...
| May 12, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Local H frontman Scott Lucas and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin had never played together before last summer's Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser, yet there they were again early this month performing their own soundtrack to Sergei...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 23, 2012
Among the joys of the holiday season in these parts are performances by the Chicago Children's Choir.
Founded in 1956 with the goal of bringing together children of different races and cultures, the choir has become a local institution. It works with...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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,"...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The Harris Theater was a riot of color as more than 1,400 attendees, many wearing traditional Indian garb, arrived for the opening-night performance of "Sita Ram" on Dec. 14. The Chicago Children's Choir, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Natya...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 11:33 AM
For the 10th annual Kandy Kane Ball on Dec. 8, a semitrailer was parked outside Joe's Bar waiting to be filled with toys from the party, described by event organizers as the largest private toy drive in the city. More than 1,000 patrons, many clad in...
| 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.