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Chicago Philharmonic: Mattia Rondelli is guest conductor for a program of favorite Italian and American orchestral works by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Gershwin, Bernstein and others. Susan Merdinger is the piano soloist. Sponsored by the Italian Consulate...
No Second City revue of the last 54 years has been held in more gorgeous surroundings than "The Second City Guide to the Opera," a summer partnership between the famed comedy theater and the increasingly open-minded Lyric Opera of Chicago — that...
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Norbert "Chip" Zapinski's first big assignment as onsite project engineer was at Marina City, an ambitious project whose design was considered impossible to build by some critics. "His focus was on just getting it built," said his wife of 54 years,...
There are many reasons to complain about the notorious parking deal made between the City of Chicago and Chicago Parking Meters LLC, some four years ago under Mayor Richard M. Daley. The rates are outrageously high; the profits for the private-sector...
In 2008, New York's Lincoln Center revived a Broadway warhorse: "South Pacific." At the beginning of the overture in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the lip of Michael Yeargan's setting, which had the outline of a tropical island, began to move backward,...
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
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Nothing like the exuberant dazzle of mariachi to explode operatic stereotypes. The shouts and cheers that went up from the sold-out audience Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House said it all. What was billed as the world's first mariachi opera...
If ever a musical theater work deserved its exclamation point, it's “Oklahoma!” Breathes there a man or woman of a certain age who hasn't at one time or another succumbed to the nostalgic charms of this classic American show, whose spirit...
“A Streetcar Named Desire,” Andre Previn's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, has come in for such scathing notices from some critics following its premiere by the San Francisco Opera in 1998 that one approached the Chicago premiere...
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“It's not ‘rah, rah, rah,'” Gemze de Lappe says in explaining how you sing “Oklahoma!” The 91-year-old de Lappe hops up from her chair and stoops, bowing low and dusting the air with her hands as if foraging through...
Chicago Tribune reportersEver since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
Early in "Oklahoma!" the 1943 masterpiece by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II now at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the traveling peddler Ali Hakim asks the naive young farm girl Laurey Williams if she wants something. He means trinkets from his...
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