| Apr 1, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Byron Janis is one of the most inspiring survivors in classical music.
Despite decades of struggling to overcome the debilitating effects of, first, a childhood injury to his left hand, and, later, severe arthritis in his fingers and wrists, the great...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 11:03 AM
Perhaps Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic cool and Chicago's propensity for long, bone-chilling winters similar to those of his native Finland have destined this musician and this city to be soulmates.
For certain the busy composer and conductor's long-running...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:54 AM
Even by Chicago standards, this weekend will be bris.
Among the highlights
Ravi Coltrane: The son of jazz innovator John Coltrane and pianist-conceptualist Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane carries a regal surname in jazz and all the...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Weirdly appropriate, "Thanks for the Memories" is playing in the background of an Asian bistro in South Coast Plaza where Dean Corey and his wife, Kaly, have ordered a late afternoon bottle of white wine.
Life is good. The 67-year-old president of the...
| May 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
So far the new recording for which has I've gotten the most pitches from publicists this year is a mash-up of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage performed by David Greilsammer.
The Israeli pianist hits the keyboard as though he were an...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:34 AM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's thoughtfully conceived and executed "Truth to Power" Festival is ending as it began, with major symphonic statements by Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. Both scores play to Jaap van Zweden's knack for digging deep...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Now that Riccardo Muti is back tending to musical business, nobody need worry that end-of-season ennui will settle over the final weeks of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's subscription season.
In fact, the upbeat mood that prevailed at the music...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Seldom has the Chicago Symphony Orchestra closed its season in such a jubilant mood as the one that gripped a packed Orchestra Hall on Thursday night.
Never mind the tight veil of secrecy that shrouds the board's search for a new association chief to...
| May 31, 2014
The 20th century orchestral program directed by Jaap van Zweden Thursday night at Symphony Center was the closest reflection yet of the theme of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "Truth to Power" Festival. What we heard were potent examples of composers...
| May 23, 2014
| 11:17 AM
Audience members drawn to the festival of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Britten symphonic works the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is presenting over the next three weeks at Symphony Center are advised not to take the umbrella title, "Truth to Power," at face...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Fourth in an occasional series
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...