| 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...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The word can unleash terror in performers of all kinds, but perhaps none more than musicians seeking to fill scarce symphony orchestra openings.
A fudged note, a slack attack, a harsh tone, a hint of hesitancy, a sagging pitch — any of...
| 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...
| 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 13, 2014
| 3:21 PM
Lorin Maazel, the most prolific conductor of his generation, a child prodigy who performed with the New York Philharmonic at age 12 and later spent seven years as its music director, has died. He was 84.
He died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Did you hear the one about the composer who walks into an art gallery?
If you are expecting a punch line — sorry. It's not a joke. When a composer walks into an art gallery or catches sight of an artwork somewhere else, there might be something...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:26 PM
I didn't understand Lorin Maazel, the exceptional conductor who died Sunday at 84. Who did?
Even his family may not have completely gotten him. He complained in an interview two years ago that his kids would laugh off the property anyone calling Maestro...
| 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...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Can you have too much Mozart?
The question is worth asking at a time when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is closing out its summer residency at Ravinia with semistaged concert performances of two of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas, "Don Giovanni" and "The...