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Artist Kerry James Marshall, right, musician Dana Hall, left, and actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce are collaborating with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to present a piece based on the novel Native Son

Dana Hall takes on ‘Hypocrisy of Justice’ as a team effort

Published in 1940, Richard Wright’s novel Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old African-American who kills a young…


Dutoit conducts Strauss

CSO principal cello John Sharp and principal viola Charles Pikler are featured in Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Quixote in…


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.


Gershwin scores big in second period, but Hawks miss assist from Ravel in third

Symphony seasons, planned years in advance, unfold with a certainty that challenges the surprise victories and “if necessary” match-ups of…


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…


Anna Clyne revives an honored guest, with Yeats set to frets for ‘The Seamstress’

William Butler Yeats’ poem “A Coat” gave Anna Clyne “a brushstroke of an idea” for her violin concerto The Seamstress. “It’s an experiment for me,” says Clyne, the CSO’s Mead co-composer in residence, of the work, which will receive its world premiere May 28, with Jennifer Koh as soloist.

Rush Hour Concerts are performed at the acoustically lush setting of St. James Cathedral. | Photo by Elliot Mandel

CSO musicians take center stage at Rush Hour Concerts

The Ravinia Festival and Grant Park Music Festival might snare the most attention during the summer classical-music season, but the…


Sarah McLachlan looks forward to ‘Building a Mystery’ with the CSO

Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her folk-rock ballads “I Will Remember You,” “Building a Mystery” and “Angel.” But…


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…