| 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...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:20 PM
The Los Angeles Master Chorale ended its 50th season Sunday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the premiere of three new works commissioned for the occasion and two other recent Chorale commissions. That's news. But so too is the way that this...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 7:58 AM
Ravinia is not the first place one would expect to find an important young conductor making his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But that's what happened Thursday night when a rising young podium star from Poland named Krzysztof Urbanski led the...
| 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...
| Jul 12, 2014
The worlds of pop and classical music do not meet all that often — or all that well, as a rule — but certain artists have proved quite adept at bridging the gap. Ben Folds is one of them.
The Winston-Salem, N.C.-born, Nashville-based...
| 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...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Cristian Macelaru leads a pair of popularly-priced classical concerts for family audiences in DuPage County. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the program holds Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture," Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" and the...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:28 AM
The Ravinia Festival is obliging its North Shore constituency with several weeks of broadly appealing orchestral fare to kick off the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual residency. Few soloists in the classical realm are better equipped to provide value...