| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:20 AM
Ars Viva: Alan Heatherington conducts music for string orchestra, including Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin's colorfully scored ballet based on music from Bizet's "Carmen," Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto, with...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:16 PM
Going on 18 years, Highwood's Midwest Young Artists Center has conducted a concerto solo competition for aspiring musicians. For most of that time, students in the school's chamber ensembles were not able to share the same opportunity.
Only recently has...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Bettye LaVette will headline the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 13-15 in Grant Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The festival will kick off June 13 at the...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 1:20 PM
To hear Shayna Swanson tell it, circus arts in this country are like the Wild West, complete with warring factions. Traditionalists — think Barnum & Bailey — despise contemporary circus folks, and vice versa. Cirque du Soleil, perhaps the most...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:09 AM
'Salute to Vienna'
This 19th Chicago version of a famed holiday tradition, Vienna's annual New Year's Concert, features the "Strauss Symphony of America" (actually the Chicago Philharmonic) under Viennese conductor Christian Schultz....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:11 PM
The dates are in for next year’s city-sponsored festivals and arts series. Among the highlights:
Chicago WinterDance (dance lessons and live music): Jan. 3-5, 2014, at the Chicago Cultural Center.
OnEdge (a new performance series): Jan. 11-Feb...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Oct 17, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Of the five films nominated for the best documentary Oscar this year, two of them — "How to Survive a Plague" and "The Invisible War" — got funding and support from Good Pitch. Two out of five. Talk about validation. Launched in the UK about...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:54 AM
When Chicago cornetist-bandleader Rob Mazurek launched his Exploding Star Orchestra in Millennium Park in 2005, few would have predicted that it would become the centerpiece of his musical life.
True, this was a strong debut, Mazurek leading fellow...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
When Vijay Iyer performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2001, there was no mistaking the grandeur of his pianism, nor its harmonic originality.
Since then, Iyer has developed into a singular voice in jazz, his solo playing by turns galvanic and...