| Aug 7, 2014
| 1:56 PM
Symphony of the Americas is presenting its 23rd annual Summerfest, a concert series fusing global artistic and cultural traditions with South Florida's music scene.
This year, the highlight is the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome, which has performed...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 2:45 PM
Richard Strauss knew he was asking the impossible when he created the amoral antiheroine of his third opera, "Salome." The ideal Salome, he wrote, should be "a 16-year-old princess with the voice of an Isolde."
To this day, the role is typically cast...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 1:00 PM
His new home was filled with moving boxes, and much of the furniture was still missing in action, but Robert deMaine had the air of someone who has finally settled down.
"I apologize for the mess," the cellist said, while showing a reporter through...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The Music Academy of the West doesn't skimp on conductors.
This year's biggest name is New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert. He led an enthusiastic chamber ensemble at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday night. It was a notable occasion, not...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 1:20 PM
The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band gathers on the stage of Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, a gilded, 110-year-old edifice many of these young musicians never have set foot in before.
Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and uncounted other jazz...
| May 23, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is from Siberia. He knows from prisoners. He doesn't take any.
The leonine Russian baritone's recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night presented by Los Angeles Opera dealt in desolation, loss and utter hopelessness....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Esa-Pekka Salonen's guest relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has spanned a remarkably productive 26 years. The period neatly brackets the composer and conductor's rise from being a relatively unknown golden boy of the baton to his...
| May 13, 2014
| 7:57 AM
It's a good time to catch up with Mason Bates and Anna Clyne. With new albums in release, multiple commissions in the works and performances here, there and everywhere, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's busy composers-in-residence aren't exactly standing...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Time is most definitely out of joint locally when both the Grant Park and Ravinia festivals are up and running even though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra still has three more weeks of concerts before closing the books on its winter season.
Adding to the...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Few people are lucky enough to be surrounded by as astonishing a diversity of music and musicians as conductor Leonard Slatkin was while growing up.
From the mid-1940s into the '50s, his parents' Los Angeles home was a welcoming nexus for various...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:09 AM
One big reason why the symphonic programs Esa-Pekka Salonen puts together are so absorbing is the unsuspected musical resonances that tie together the diverse elements. So it is with the program that concludes the second of the Finnish conductor-composer'...