| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:26 AM
New Year's Eve arrived early at the Mayne Stage on Sunday evening, a capacity audience counting down the last 10 seconds until 2014, then blowing noisily into party horns and otherwise whooping it up.
The occasion was the taping of the Chicago segment...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:38 AM
American Chamber Opera: Bizet's ever-popular "Carmen" is updated to a modern Chicago setting. Through Sunday, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St.; $30-$50, $20 for seniors; 773-363-7965, americanchamberopera.org
Avalon String Quartet: The ensemble...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 1:03 PM
Haymarket Opera Company's first foray into the German baroque repertory, Georg Philipp Telemann's comic opera "Pimpinone," presented in three performances over the weekend at Mayne Stage, was a happy excursion into a largely forgotten niche of operatic...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will look, feel and sound different from its predecessors, which should be good news for anyone who loves this music.
Specifically, fest-goers will be liberated from Grant Park, where the dreadful acoustics of the...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 10:48 AM
The Flatlanders – the West Texas trinity of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock -- were about 50 years behind the times and 15 years ahead of it, Ely once surmised. The band left behind a batch of songs recorded in 1972 and then...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 11:52 AM
With no opera earlier than Mozart on next season's Lyric Opera schedule, and with the new regime at Chicago Opera Theater focusing on 20th century rarities, the Haymarket Opera Company has baroque opera all to itself, now and for the foreseeable future....
| Feb 12, 2013
| 12:06 PM
From its debut in 2011, the Haymarket Opera Company has thrived by putting on repertory of the sort no other Chicago group has investigated as thoroughly – unusual baroque chamber operas using period instruments and historically informed stage...
| May 23, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Though Memorial Day obviously stands as a solemn occasion, the holiday weekend surely offer listeners a chance to catch up on concert-going. Among the highlights:
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: The nearly ubiquitous Chicago trumpeter leads his...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 2:26 PM
Never before has an interview subject assumed/joked that RedEye was a communist newspaper. Fans of Boots Riley’s veteran, socially conscious hip-hop act The Coup probably won’t be surprised that he mentioned it.
“Do people assume that...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.
Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Bluesman James Cotton has lived the kind of life they make movies about.
He toiled on a Mississippi plantation from earliest childhood, found himself orphaned at age 9, practically was raised by blues master Sonny Boy Williamson II and flourished as a...