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Anna Clyne and Mason Bates look back as they move forward

Receiving an appointment as composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a bit like being backed as chef de cuisine at a…

screenshot from the video of "A Pierre Dream"

A tribute to Pierre Boulez with Alice Sara Ott and Pablo Heras-Casado

Each of the works by Stravinsky, Bartók, and Debussy are associated with the CSO through composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and…


Max Raabe, nights in Berlin and afternoons at the Chicago Public Library (mit Fotos aus dem Konzert)

Earlier this month, Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester glided through their winter residency at Berlin’s Admiralspalast, the 1910 theater…


Hurrah! Gloria! ¡Viva! Saluting Lincoln with Verdi at Juarez? Soitenly!

Abraham Lincoln, whose Springfield-bound funeral train stopped in Chicago days after his assassination 150 years ago on April 14, fascinates Gene…


Specialist conductor Harry Bicket content to ‘miss out on the 19th century’

While English maestro Harry Bicket occasionally stretches into other eras, he’s content with his specialized focus of Baroque and contemporary…


French pianists Tiberghien and Tharaud resist boundaries

Pianists from all countries are typically linked with the music of their homeland. But such associations are especially strong when…


Stéphane Degout, the Pelléas of his generation, reflects on French style

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recent spring festivals have explored the unusual. In 2013, the focus was Rivers: Nature, Power, Culture,…


Roger Ebert on the enduring power of Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’

The late film critic Roger Ebert regarded Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (1927) as one of the cornerstones of cinema, considering it so important that he added it twice to his pantheon of Great Movies.


Orli Shaham takes an imaginative approach to mixing and matching repertoire

With the international piano scene growing increasingly crowded with top-level talents, it is more imperative than ever that soloists find…


Alliance française: Jean-Yves Thibaudet on his bond to Ravel and Messiaen

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is a man on a mission. Known for his championing of unusual repertoire, the French-born pianist moves into…