| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago opened with a thunderbolt Thursday night at Millennium Park, thanks to the apparently inexhaustible energies of 76-year-old Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra.
Playing music that pulsed...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Back in 2000, Chicago saxophonist-bandleader Ernest Dawkins had a dream: to launch a jazz festival in one of the city's tougher neighborhoods, Englewood.
Starting Thursday, the Englewood Jazz Festival will swing into its 14th year and, better yet,...