| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 10:02 AM
Lyric Opera has named Lisa Middleton, director of marketing for Canada’s Stratford Festival since 2002, as its director of marketing, effective Oct. 15. She will oversee Lyric’s marketing, communications and box-office operations....
| Jul 13, 2013
This is a story about a blue crab killed for no good reason.
It is a story about birth and rebirth, law and life, nature and nurture, cooperation and connection, cultivation and civilization, production and destruction, seed and greed, Adam and Eve....
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 1:23 PM
There doesn’t appear to be any shortage of prestigious prizes Riccardo Muti’s native Italy is prepared to bestow on him.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director has won two more awards to add to his groaning shelf: the Pico della...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 11:46 AM
Fortunate we are that Ravinia has been the summer recital venue of choice for the intense, commanding German baritone Matthias Goerne on five separate occasions since his festival debut in 2001. Connoisseurs of German lieder still speak with awe about the...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 11:31 AM
Sakari Oramo is another guest conductor originally brought in as a substitute for Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts imperiled by accidents or illnesses suffered by Riccardo Muti. The Finnish maestro made so positive an impression at his...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Opinion about Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart playing is likely to remain divided among piano connoisseurs, but the concert public as a whole continues to adore her. The latest of the pianist's more or less annual appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,...