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Ravinia announces full lineup for 2015 season

The Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has released details of its complete 2015 schedule. As previously…


James Conlon focuses on fidelity for Mozart opera stagings

James Conlon turned 64 on March 18. That, in any case, is what biographical sources claim. Somehow it doesn’t ring true….


James Conlon to leave Ravinia post after 2015 season

James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival since 2005,will leave his post after the 2015 season. Ravinia is the…

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Creating a fitting finale to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy

When Howard Shore composed his score to “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003, he…


Patricia Racette eager for her first ‘Salome’

Patricia Racette is excited. That, she admits, is not an unusual state for her. Other sopranos spend much of their…


Classical guitarist Milos follows in the trail of greats

Montenegro, one of the nations that arose from the former Yugoslavia, is best known for sports and tourism. Its closest…


Star-crossed Romeo & Juliet inspire a galaxy of composers

As Ravinia celebrates a “Summer of Love,” it would be a grievous oversight not to showcase what may be history’s…


Joshua Bell returns to Ravinia after a two-year absence

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly a quarter century since violin wunderkind Joshua Bell rose to prominence,…


Krzysztof Urbanski, a ‘dashing rock star’ on the podium

At 31, Polish-born conductor Krzysztof Urbański has already made huge waves in the classical music world. He became the youngest-ever music director…


Women take a long overdue place on the podium

One would have thought (a) that horse has left the barn, (b) that ship has sailed, or (c) dude, it’s…


There’s a place for the CSO and ‘West Side Story’

Is West Side Story the greatest musical ever written? Premiering on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story brought to full maturity the style of…