| Feb 14, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Once again the Grant Park Music Festival is taking the lead among local summer festivals when it comes to presenting eclectic combinations of popular symphonic and choral fare and more adventuresome classical music programming. And it's all free.
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 10:08 AM
A $6 million gift to Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music will go toward the school's $117 million, 152,000-square foot Music and Communication Building, which is under construction on the Evanston lakefront and scheduled to open in fall 2015....
| Feb 4, 2013
| 2:57 PM
TIANJIN — In this enormous manufacturing capital just southeast of Beijing, a new palace of the arts has opened. Looking like a graceful clam shell at the edge of a pond, the Tianjin Grand Theatre's cantilevered roof encloses an opera house, a small...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 12:46 PM
Riccardo Muti just can’t seem to catch a break.
And, this time around, it isn’t only the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago public who are being affected by his health issues. Thousands of listeners throughout the...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti is expected to be released Tuesday from a hospital in Milan, Italy, where on Monday morning he successfully underwent a hernia operation.
"Maestro Muti’s surgery went smoothly and he is...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Chicago music has long gone gaga over the Brits, and not simply because the city's two leading opera companies are, or were, run by thoroughly capable Englishmen – Anthony Freud at Lyric Opera and Brian Dickie, who retired last year after 13 seasons...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 7:47 AM
HONG KONG — The stormy ovation must have felt like a balm to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra that saw its physical fitness and mental toughness put to the test at the very outset of its 18-day Asia tour.
But after a late-afternoon rehearsal of...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Seven Chicago-area hospitals have had to send ambulances elsewhere this morning as they deal with an influx of patients with flu-like symptoms.
As of 9:45 a.m., the hospitals remained on bypass status, which means their emergency rooms are at...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Whatever angst there may be over Riccardo Muti's missing his third set of concerts in less than three years as Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, know that the flu-ridden superstar conductor is no Luciano Pavarotti.
The famed tenor had bowed out...
| 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...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 1:16 PM
"Just because he may have been a nasty little man and a nasty anti-Semite doesn't mean that his music is not as supreme as it is."
That assessment comes from a Richard Wagner scholar in the documentary "Wagner & Me" (at the Siskel Film Center through...