| Jul 1, 2014
| 3:55 PM
For the first time, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will provide accompaniment to the city's traditional "Fireworks at the Fountain" in downtown's Lake Eola Park this July 4.
"When the Downtown Development Board approached us, we were deeply...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When Peter Grimes "is at his exercise," boys die.
The title character of Benjamin Britten's first and best-known opera is a social outcast in a claustrophobic fishing village on the raw British coast. A violent visionary, Grimes is abusive toward his...
| 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...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:36 AM
Few of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's periodic forays into the era predating the standard symphonic repertory are as intelligently programmed and engagingly performed as the one Bernard Labadie is directing this weekend at Symphony Center.
| 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...
| May 13, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Concerts presented at Symphony Center over the last couple of evenings have found local symphony orchestras seeking to reinvigorate the classical concert hall experience, either by bringing popular culture into the mix, having different ethnic...
| 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 22, 2014
| 8:54 AM
The Memorial Day holiday obviously commemorates solemn events, but with so many people enjoying an extended weekend, Chicago's musical offerings are rich.
Among the highlights:
Eric Reed: One of the most compelling pianists in mainstream jazz, Reed...
| May 13, 2014
If the Chicago Symphony Orchestra had an intimate performance space appropriate for art-song programs, such events might not be such a hard sell and we might more often hear concerts on the order of the wonderful all-Schubert song recital given by soprano...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
I applaud the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's recent decision to promote its music to a younger crowd -- and embrace the state's burgeoning marijuana trade -- by playing a series of "cannabis-friendly " concerts this summer.
Other than a bassoonist...