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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…

Yuri Temirkanov

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Brahms

This week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev unpacks the many layers of Rachmaninov’s celebrated concerto as…


‘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…


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…

Anne-Sophie Mutter, München 2015

Mutterissimo! Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 40 years of performance

The international world of violin virtuosos has its up-and-comers, also-rans and middle-of-the-roaders, but Anne-Sophie Mutter has long remained one of…

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Home, marks a return to the Indian classical music her father, Ravi Shankar, taught her.

For Anoushka Shankar, a Symphony Center concert is like coming ‘Home’

Nearly 50 years after her famous father and guru, Ravi Shankar, first played Orchestra Hall as a soloist in October…

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….


Bramwell Tovey strikes up the CSO for a ‘Gershwin Spectacular’

In 1986, British conductor Bramwell Tovey stepped in at the last minute for an indisposed Lukas Foss on the opening…


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…