| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Although it feels as if Chicago will be trapped under a polar icecap at least until the Bears head off to summer training camp, the promise that this, too, shall pass is underscored by the season announcements of the area’s two major summer music...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Ken Vandermark, Matana Roberts, Ernest Dawkins and Fareed Haque will be among the headliners for the 10th annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series this summer at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Running every Thursday evening from July...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:21 PM
How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Having rolled out some pretty heavy artillery to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus and other musical milestones last summer, what will the 2013 Grant Park Music Festival do for an encore?
Quite a bit, as it turns out.
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Leon Russell: The silver-haired pianist remains in serious competition with ZZ Top for the most prodigious facial hair in rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also kept his chops up as a performer, dipping into a songbook that spans “A Song for...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted.
Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...
| Jun 23, 2013
This isn't what it looks like.
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Ponder and full-time Lyric Opera tenor Hoss Brock, both members of the Grant Park Chorus, did, indeed, fall in love against a backdrop of splendid, choreographed rhapsody.
They do, indeed, toss around...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013:
Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 11:24 AM
After more than three decades at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be leaving the venue for Millennium Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
Though in recent...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 11:30 AM
For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park.
They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine.
They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well....