| Jul 15, 2014
| 9:36 AM
The more than 200 solo organ works that bracket the prodigious composing career of Johann Sebastian Bach have long been every organist's Bible. Rare is the organ recital that doesn't include such favorites as the mighty "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" or...
| 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 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...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:37 AM
LONDON – The BBC Proms proclaims itself as the greatest classical music festival in the world and does so with the confidence of knowing it's got the artistic goods to back up its sweeping claim.
With nearly 90 events vying for attention in the...
| 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 3, 2014
| 11:46 AM
Gabriel Cabezas is the latest classical performer to be tested in the crucible of Chicago's weird summer weather, only to emerge victorious from the experience.
The greatly gifted young cellist, a Chicago area native who turned 21 late last year, made...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Two years ago, on a warm July evening in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra were joined by Panamanian salsa star Rubén Blades for a huge outdoor concert. Bringing together for the first time two Latin American musical icons,...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The Utah Symphony next month will bring its music to the state's Mighty 5 national parks: Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion.
As a prelude to the symphony's 75th anniversary celebration next year, the full orchestra will perform in...
| 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...