| Nov 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In a bare rehearsal space downtown at the Music Center, a dozen or so people work through a scene in the dark. The only light comes from projected black-and-white animation flickering on the back wall of the stage — a nude fairy fluttering her wings...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 7:30 AM
That may not be a sigh of relief in all quarters, but you could almost hear one Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler. Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo was in the pit to conduct the season opening on this first night of...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Brooklyn Rider: For its Ravinia debut, the new-era string quartet sandwiches recent works by second violinist Colin Jacobsen between quartets by Mozart and Bartok. 8 p.m. Tuesday in Martin Theatre, Ravinia, Green Bay and Lake -Cook roads, Highland Park;...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:26 PM
While much of the classical music world is immersed in honoring the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, another composer anniversary of signal importance, the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, is jostling for attention this year.
| 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 25, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Conductor James Conlon, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, has received an award from a Jewish group for his work in resurrecting long-forgotten and rarely performed pieces by composers whose careers were cut short during the Holocaust.
| 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 28, 2013
| 3:34 PM
In the 14 years that separate his Ravinia debut and his return to the festival over the weekend, Lang Lang has evolved from wunderkind to institution.
Indeed, now that the colossally gifted Chinese pianist has become an international megastar, the...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 2:15 PM
James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, will have surgery to have part of his colon removed. The 63-year-old conductor is suffering from an inflamed portion of his colon as a result of diverticulitis, the company said.
The surgery, which will...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:15 AM
The fall music season will begin with dissent. Petitions have been circulated calling for companies that employ Russian artists, such as the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin's human rights policies,...