| Sep 2, 2014
The final night of the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival reached its apex early, when Puerto Rican saxophonist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Miguel Zenon played the Chicago premiere of music most of the world has not yet heard.
Though two major...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
For the past decade, Chicago bandleader-composer Ernest Dawkins has been composing vast suites dealing head-on with some of the most turbulent chapters of American history.
Works such as "UnTill Emmett Till" (about the murder of its title character),...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 6:35 AM
There were great sets and tedious performances, moments of high inspiration and mediocre achievement, brilliant solos and overbearing ones too.
If you stayed long enough at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, which ends Sunday, you heard it all in an...
| Aug 22, 2014
After three and a half decades, can the tradition-bound Chicago Jazz Festival evolve into something better, newer, fresher?
Can the event break with formulas of the past and prove worthy of the great jazz city whose name it bears?
At this late date,...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:04 AM
The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come.
But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 11:50 AM
Unless I miss my guess, no American city has done more to advance a composer's international reputation than Chicago has done for William Bolcom in recent decades.
Under two successive regimes, Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned and premiered three...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Choreographer Lou Conte and pianist Ramsey Lewis are among Chicago arts figures who will receive the first Fifth Star Awards, to be presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Pritzker...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 6:37 AM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: James Conlon conducts a second and final semistaged concert performance of Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni," with Christopher Maltman, Tamara Wilson, Aga Mikolaj, Ailyn Perez and Saimir Pirgu heading the cast. David Lefkowich...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"You get some news, and then it's like: OK, all right—it's a new idea, a new thing," says choreographer Kyle Abraham, talking about the turn of events that inspired his Hubbard Street world premiere, commissioned by the Chicago Dancing Festival....
| Aug 16, 2014
| 8:53 AM
The final pair of concerts of the Grant Park Music Festival's 80th season this weekend features a world premiere of a commission from this year's composer in residence that could not have been what anybody expected.
It's in the category of Concerto...