| Jul 18, 2014
| 2:22 PM
When most people think about music majors they envision someone who is hoping to be a professional performer.
Though professional performance is often the goal, the musical landscape is expanding and colleges and universities are offering more options...
| 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...
| Jul 26, 2014
| 3:52 PM
There are free tours every Sunday for the Allentown Art Museum's big summer exhibition, "Of Heaven and Earth," but there's an added treat on Sunday, July 27.
That's when members of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra will perform in the gallery among...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:37 AM
Once again classical music is casting its seductive spell over the American summer festival landscape. Following is a selective guide to some of the more unusual and intriguing festival offerings. Programs and dates are subject to change and should be...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Lyric Opera of Chicago will present the world premieres of two commissioned operas in 2015 as part of its Lyric Unlimited initiative to connect with a wider audience through the creation and performance of new works with broad appeal.
The new pieces,...
| 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...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 4:22 AM
"No Technique” is one 42-minute track performed by David Taylor on bass trombone. It is a series of buzzing drones that often remind you of the humming of a bee.It's on trombone player Stanley Schmacher's new CD....
| 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...