| Apr 30, 2013
Janos Starker, a renowned concert cellist as well as a distinguished teacher and recording artist, died Sunday at his home in Bloomington, Ind. He was 88 and had been in declining health.
Since 1958, Starker had been a professor at the Indiana...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 7:41 AM
It could not have been easy for Dale Clevenger to face up to the question of how and when to step down as principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But it was time.
For months one of the living legends among brass players had been telling...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 11:06 AM
The openness of MusicNOW series curators Mason Bates and Anna Clyne to divergent styles of contemporary composition can cut both ways. On some occasions it can produce stylistic hodgepodges that add up to less than the sum of their components. On other...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Every so often Riccardo Muti likes to remind the local concert public that his Chicago Symphony Orchestra isn't just a superb instrument for the big Romantic, late Romantic and 20th century repertory. It plays Classical-era works with the same dedication,...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 2:20 PM
NEW YORK — Wandering through the darkened auditorium of Broadway's Cort Theatre here on a recent Saturday morning felt a lot like a tour of Chicago's off-Loop theater.
Michael Shannon, the former denizen of the Chicago fringe turned TV and movie...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:45 AM
The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:48 PM
A conductor who understands the challenges female musicians of color face is leading the first Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances this week of a work by a black woman composer who faced similar obstacles during her lifetime.
Mei-Ann Chen chose as...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:29 AM
The City of Chicago has for the first time in its history an office charged with serving the needs of the local music community. Now begins director Dylan Rice’s first major hurdle: alerting people that it exists.
“We’re not calling...
| Mar 13, 2013
The turn of the millennium was a heady time for many Chicago cultural institutions. Cheap loans, high investment returns and swelling endowments spawned a slew of new attractions along the lakefront and around downtown.
The Art Institute built its Modern...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 8:42 AM
Silvio Marchetti, who has silver hair and a dry sense of humor most atypical for an attache, tells a story about meeting the late Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, in the mid-1980s. Marchetti, who now heads up the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago,...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The last several days have brought a feast of major-league piano playing to Symphony Center, courtesy of keyboard virtuosos born 30 years apart.
And while differences in training, repertory and temperament separate Maurizio Pollini and Evgeny Kissin,...
| 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...