| 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...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| 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'...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:47 AM
Musician Stevie Wonder and actress Cloris Leachman were among those who received honorary degrees from Northwestern University this morning.
Joining them was Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti, who also gave the keynote address this...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:34 AM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's thoughtfully conceived and executed "Truth to Power" Festival is ending as it began, with major symphonic statements by Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. Both scores play to Jaap van Zweden's knack for digging deep...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:29 AM
He may not have composed more than 1,100 musical works, nor has he fathered 20 children. Otherwise, Richard Webster has much in common with Johann Sebastian Bach.
Like the German Baroque master, Webster is an active church musician, choral conductor,...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Now that Riccardo Muti is back tending to musical business, nobody need worry that end-of-season ennui will settle over the final weeks of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's subscription season.
In fact, the upbeat mood that prevailed at the music...
| 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 25, 2014
| 10:05 AM
There are several reasons why Mark Elder has placed so high on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MVP list during the more than three decades he has been appearing here intermittently as a podium guest. One reason seems primary: The British...
| May 4, 2014
In 1973, Queta Rodriguez traveled from her home in Mexico City for a yearlong visit with her uncle in New York City. She tagged along with her uncle's buddy to a French class, which was as much a social gathering as language course.
There, Queta met Ron...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Seldom has the Chicago Symphony Orchestra closed its season in such a jubilant mood as the one that gripped a packed Orchestra Hall on Thursday night.
Never mind the tight veil of secrecy that shrouds the board's search for a new association chief to...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:37 AM
On Monday, one month shy of serving 11 years as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, Deborah F. Rutter will step down from her position to take on another high-profile managerial post, that of president of the John F. Kennedy Center...