| Jul 26, 2013
Even as Ravinia continues to relegate "Breaking the Silence" – James Conlon's valuable exploration of music banned by the Nazis and largely forgotten after the fall of the Third Reich – to a kind of limbo, the music director continues to...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:05 AM
Ravinia has come full circle with the John Adams oratorios.
Having opened its summer season a decade ago with the renowned American composer's "El Nino" — a choral and instrumental meditation on the Nativity — the festival is crowning its...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:08 AM
If you were to poke your head into a couple of practice studios in Ravinia's John D. Harza Building on a recent July morning, you would have witnessed a veritable United Nations of young musicians, all of them hard at work.
In one of the second-floor...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:07 AM
Since Riccardo Muti took office at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has made it a tradition to perform a free community concert at the beginning of each season. The maestro did so again Wednesday night in west suburban Cicero, some 24 hours...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:25 AM
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera driving the Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial bandwagon, there nevertheless is room for other local organizations to climb on board.
Chicago Opera Theater is doing so, big time, this weekend, when it dusts...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Just because the special performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem music director Riccardo Muti is conducting with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on Oct. 10 --- the exact date of the Italian composer's birth 200 years ago -- has been sold out for...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:22 PM
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Chicago's fall classical music season will be dominated by the year's big composer anniversaries: the birthday bicentennials of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and the centenary of Benjamin Britten. The...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
FISH CREEK, Wisc. – Chicago visitors planning a summer getaway to Door County – the scenic sliver of land separating the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan – have more to indulge their cravings than taking in the galleries and shops,...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Chicago Opera Theater has appointed Henry Fogel, dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as the company's board president, effective immediately. He succeeds Gregory O'Leary, who will remain a member of the executive...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:50 PM
On the elegant, manicured lawns of Ravinia, the Women's Board presented its annual black-tie gala July 27 with more than 800 guests in attendance. The evening featured renowned classical pianist Lang Lang, whose career was launched 14 years ago on the...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Before Riccardo Muti rolls out his heavy Verdi artillery in early fall to honor the composer's bicentennial, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its summer landlord, James Conlon, mounted a 21-gun salute of their own with a concert performance of Verdi's...