| May 31, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Jaap van Zweden's progression from pinch-hitter to honored guest to esteemed member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's extended family has been one of the most encouraging developments Chicago music has seen in years.
The superb Dutch conductor has...
| Nov 13, 2012
Q: I have noticed while shopping that a few wine bottles did not have a year listed on their labels. Because I like to store wine according to its vintage, this is frustrating — and puzzling too. Could you clarify this?
—Jan Truty, Schaumburg...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 11:40 AM
Apart from the bicentennials of Wagner and Verdi, no major anniversary in classical music is getting wider play this season than the centennial of "The Rite of Spring," which received its notorious premiere in Paris on May 29, 1913.
The reasons are...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 7:48 AM
This is a time of transition for several of Chicago's suburban orchestras. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has been patiently auditioning a host of guest conductors to find a replacement for Robert Hanson, who resigned in June, 2011 after 37 years as music...
| 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...
| May 24, 2013
Q: Where do they pull pulled pork from?
—Sal Spadafora, Hoboken, N.J.
A: Pulled pork is pulled from the pork shoulder.
The shoulder can be divided into two basic parts. Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart call them the "Boston butt" and...
| May 24, 2013
| 10:09 AM
Enough tremors were unleashed by a huge battery of percussion instruments at Thursday night's Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert that management may wish to have the auditorium walls checked for cracks once the dust from the weekend concerts has settled....
| Apr 22, 2013
Delays may average 50 minutes per flight at O'Hare International Airport this week because of fewer air traffic controllers in the tower until the federal budget sequestration is resolved, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
It would be the...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:11 AM
For more than three decades, the Palestinian oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen has relentlessly championed his soft-spoken instrument across America and beyond.
He has penned solo works, pieces for oud with wind quintet and string quartet and compositions...
| Apr 23, 2013
Q: Who's your go-to for smoking and slow cooking on the grill? Looking for a few good recipes this summer.
—Kevin Hauswirth, Chicago
A: One go-to guide is "Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons" by Chicago's own Gary Wiviott,...
| May 27, 2013
Divvy, the new rental bicycle that Chicago's transportation chief predicts will become a popular "bike taxi" option for short trips, made its debut for test rides at Bike the Drive on Sunday.
The Divvy show-and-tell during the once-a-year morning...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Any coherence to be found in the weekend Chicago Symphony Orchestra program is thematic, not musical. Which is to say that the four works led by guest conductor Juanjo Mena Thursday night at Symphony Center represented unrelated styles and periods but all...