| May 23, 2014
First in an occasional series
CELEBRATED PIANIST JASON MORAN, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and directs jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, walks into the band room at Kenwood Academy High School and faces a rather tough crowd.
| May 20, 2014
| 9:50 AM
A collaboration laden with promise arose two years ago when the training wings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera first joined forces for a concert of operatic excerpts. Hearing young artists representing the next generation of classical...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:09 AM
One big reason why the symphonic programs Esa-Pekka Salonen puts together are so absorbing is the unsuspected musical resonances that tie together the diverse elements. So it is with the program that concludes the second of the Finnish conductor-composer'...
| Apr 13, 2014
Just about two weeks ago, this newspaper and WGN Radio quietly celebrated 90 years together. But in a few months, they will be calling it quits.
The Tribune Co.'s broadcast and publishing divisions are going their separate ways, ending a media...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Few people are lucky enough to be surrounded by as astonishing a diversity of music and musicians as conductor Leonard Slatkin was while growing up.
From the mid-1940s into the '50s, his parents' Los Angeles home was a welcoming nexus for various...
| May 23, 2014
| 11:17 AM
Audience members drawn to the festival of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Britten symphonic works the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is presenting over the next three weeks at Symphony Center are advised not to take the umbrella title, "Truth to Power," at face...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 1:09 PM
Chicago arts organizations will receive $1,233,500 in grants from the National Endowment for The Arts this year, headlined by a $100,000 grant to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for its Movement As Partnership dance education program, $90,000 for Chicago...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 10:46 AM
As conductor Leonard Slatkin pointed out to the audience at Thursday night's Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at Symphony Center, it's likely his listeners were more familiar with the music of Mason Bates than that of William Schuman.
Works by both...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 8:04 AM
What is American music?
It's earthy and real, down-home and straight-ahead, by turns gutsy and gentle and simple as a gospel song or complex as a jazz fiddler's solo.
A thousand different beats and tones make up music in this polyglot country of ours,...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 7:54 AM
Now in his second season as music director, David Danzmayr is well on his way toward establishing his Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra as one of the leading suburban orchestras in the Chicago area. One way the gifted young Austrian conductor is achieving...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Apollo Chorus: The choral ensemble under Stephen Alltop concludes its season with "The Beatles and Friends," marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's American debut. 2 p.m. Friday, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday,...
| May 2, 2014
| 11:51 AM
This has been a banner week for Beethoven in downtown Chicago.
On Tuesday night at the Harris Theater, David Finckel and Wu Han presented a deeply satisfying traversal of the composer's complete cello and piano sonatas. On Thursday at Orchestra Hall,...