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  • Emanuel Ax closes Shriver Hall season with brilliant Brahms-centric program

    Emanuel Ax closes Shriver Hall season with brilliant Brahms-centric program
    Some pianists become narrower -- in terms of repertoire, that is -- as they grow older. They stick contentedly with, say, a Mozart-Beethoven-Schubert diet, or maybe just big helpings of Rachmaninoff and Liszt. More disturbingly, some young keyboard players restrict themselves to a few composers or eras early on.
  • Chicago area classical music recommendations

    Chicago area classical music recommendations
    Emanuel Ax: The pianist concludes his Brahms Series with three works by Johannes Brahms and recent pieces of Missy Mazzoli and Brett Dean based on a Brahmsian theme. 3 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $28-$92; 312-294-3000, cso.org...

    Emanuel Ax's Brahms Project concludes climactically

    Emanuel Ax's Brahms Project concludes climactically
    A large audience turned up at Walt Disney Concert Hall Thursday night to hear Emanuel Ax perform Brahms' big Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. That is hardly surprising. Ax is a popular, amiable pianist. Brahms is a popular, amenable...

    Music review: A brilliant Brahms duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax

    Music review: A brilliant Brahms duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax
    Brahms and Tchaikovsky made an effort to be civil to each other when the German and Russian composers met, and that was impressive. In an infamous review, Edward Hanslick, the most powerful critic in 19th century Vienna and Brahms' mouthpiece,...

    Review: Long Beach Opera's 'King Gesar' channels a legend

     Review: Long Beach Opera's 'King Gesar' channels a legend
    In the world of postmodern opera production, setting "Carmen" on a cruise ship or "La Bohème" on a submarine is no longer considered eccentric. Stage directors are paid to come up with concepts. And so for his Long Beach Opera production of Peter...