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Ravinia’s 2017 CSO bill brings Levine, Lang Lang and ‘Lord of the Rings’

Returns by favorites James Levine, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell and Christopher Eschenbach are among the highlights of the Ravinia Festival’s…

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Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor 

. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Riccardo Muti and Julia Fischer

This week Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in a program featuring the works of two symphonic titans, Beethoven and Brahms. Acclaimed…


All that jazz: The CSO, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Early on, jazz musicians played anywhere people gathered to have a good time. In those years, jazz was not thought…

Leila Josefowicz, photographed by Chris Lee, 5/13/15. Photo by Chris Lee

Leila Josefowicz calls Adams’ ‘Scheherazade.2’ an anthem for our times

Most major violin soloists devote much of their careers to performing the well-known concertos by composers like Beethoven, Bruch and…


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…


With ‘Jazz 100,’ Danilo Pérez leads an all-star salute to four legends

Hard to believe that just 100 years ago, most Americans had never heard of jazz. In fact, before 1917, jazz…


Gidon Kremer hails Weinberg as one of modern era’s best composers

When Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer organized Kremerata Baltica in 1997, he envisioned the chamber orchestra as a kind of summer…


As film and score, ‘Ivan the Terrible’ a work of stunning complexity

Ivan IV, Russia’s first czar, united a vast, multi-ethnic expanse under a single crown during the latter half of the…

Ivan Fischer
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Iván Fischer on Beethoven: ‘His music changed the world — for the better’

Although most of the world’s great orchestras boast long, venerable histories, Hungary’s Budapest Festival Orchestra is a notably youthful exception. The…


Mezzo Vivica Genaux prefers the realms of the Bs — Baroque and bel canto

Ask a famous operatic mezzo to name her favorite city, and you might expect her to cite Paris, Salzburg or…