| 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 9, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Chicago winters have proved to be singularly unlucky for Riccardo Muti.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director has canceled the remainder of his scheduled appearances with the orchestra through January while he continues to battle a flu bug....
| Jan 11, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Once again indulgence is being asked of Chicago Symphony Orchestra patrons as Riccardo Muti bows out of subscription concerts because of illness and has to relinquish the podium to others. Once again a substitute conductor is brought in at the last minute...
| 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 30, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Alewives are the stinky fish that used to wash up en masse on Lake Michigan beaches. So it is that we bring you the 17th annual Alewife Awards to commemorate the rankest cultural flotsam and jetsam to hit our shores over the past year.
Memo to vendors:...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 5:45 AM
It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and most of the crowd for The Second City's Chicago-themed revue in the UP Comedy Club apparently didn't have to work the next day, because the room remained packed for the free extra set beginning at 10 p.m....
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013:
Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:39 PM
The period from the new year through the end of March invariably includes some of the most highly anticipated events of Chicago's classical music season. Here are 10 such events, listed in chronological order:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Before Riccardo Muti takes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a 13-day, 9-concert tour of the Far East in late January and early February, he will engage in a pursuit close to his heart: the musical education of youth.
The CSO music director will lead an...
| 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...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 7:36 AM
Contrary to supposed Mayan prophesy, the world did not end on Friday. The end actually arrived at about 8:40 the previous evening, at Orchestra Hall, where the mythic Norse god Heimdall sounded his trumpet, summoning the heroes to the field for one...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 4:03 PM
2012 was a characteristically plentiful year in jazz performance, Chicagoans hearing a tremendous range of music.
The best concerts, in chronological order:
March 1: Tammy McCann at the Jazz Showcase. The majestic Chicago singer designed her four-...