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John von Rhein


John von Rhein retired as classical music critic of The Chicago Tribune in 2018. Beginning in 1977, Von Rhein covered classical music and opera. Before joining The Tribune, he reviewed classical music and dance for the Akron Beacon Journal. His hobby is collecting classical music on recordings.

Recent Articles

  • Two sides meet in harmony

    This story ran in some earlier editions of yesterday's Sun. CHICAGO - When Daniel Barenboim raised his baton on the two cataclysmic chords that began the "Eroica" Symphony this week, the performance was about more than Beethoven's music. It symbolized the cultural bonds that can unite nations separated...

  • Aaron Copland, the elder statesman of American music, turns 90 today

    The music world has always prized its elder statesmen, though seldom when they were alive and functioning and able to appreciate the attention. Our need for such father-figures has perhaps never been greater than at present, when there are so few around. Among the senior American composers, Leonard...