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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. In 1998, he wrote the following essay after rewatching the 1984 version of “Metropolis,” produced by disco-electronica pioneer Giorgio Moroder. (This is the version that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will screen for its CSO at the Movies concert May 29. However, Moroder’s rock-oriented soundtrack will be dropped, and chamber music selections by Schoenberg, Grieg and  Bartók will be performed instead.)

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Keith Buncke named as the CSO’s principal bassoon

Keith Buncke will join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as its principal bassoon, effective July 6. The appointment was announced May…

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‘Metropolis’ — just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

On the same day that “San Andreas” — the latest 3-D blockbuster tossing walls of water at rattled cities —…

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How a mentor put composer Marc Mellits on his career path

Some composers are best known for an opera or a string quartet, but thanks to YouTube, Marc Mellits has gained…

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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 Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead co-composer in residence, of the work, which will receive its world premiere May 28 and 30, with Jennifer Koh as soloist.

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Dutoit conducts Ravel (with Louis Lortie)

Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit starts and finishes with Ravel in this program, and explores rarely heard works by Vincent d’Indy…

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MusicNOW: Myra Melford and John Zorn

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Orchestra Hall morphs into mythical Allemonde for ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’

Last performed locally in 1992, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande exhibits “not simply a new manner of writing opera, but a new kind…

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