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Ravinia Festival appoints James Levine as conductor laureate

Twenty-five years after he stepped down as music director, James Levine will return to the Ravinia Festival as conductor laureate…


James Gaffigan, Michael Mulcahy in ‘Five Hallucinations’

This week, James Gaffigan leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring lesser known works in the classical repertoire. CSO…


At 70, John Adams hopes to preserve an American influence in classical music

Wondering which music by today’s composers will be regularly heard 50 or 100 years from now? A good bet would…

sarah connolly

Sarah Connolly, ‘a debutante in the city,’ anticipates her Chicago premiere

British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly appears on the world’s top musical stages from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Berlin Philharmonie….


‘Oscar’s the guy!’ Ramsey Lewis on the greatness of Oscar Peterson

Many years ago, a Chicago high school kid opened the newspaper and saw that a great pianist was soon to…


From one esteemed maestro to another: Neeme Järvi steps in for Dohnányi

Things happen. Sometimes after an orchestral lineup has been set, a guest conductor falls ill or becomes otherwise unable to…

Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge in "Amadeus"

Richard Kaufman explains why ‘Amadeus’ stands the test of time

In 1984, an opulent 18th-century period drama became something of an unexpected hit: “Amadeus.” Based on a play by Peter…

Edgar Meyer (from left), Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. Photo: Nonesuch Records

Bach a musical constant for Edgar Meyer and trio partners Ma & Thile

If they were superheroes, they might be called the Tremendous Three. Bassist Edgar Meyer, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and mandolinist Chris…


Honk if you love taxi horns! The CSO connection to a Gershwin totem

When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs George Gershwin’s iconic tone poem An American in Paris as part of its “Gershwin…


Truls Mørk extols the virtues of Dvořák’s stirring Cello Concerto

For many classical music lovers, the cello is a supremely soulful instrument. Its rich, deep, often mellow sound is highly…