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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….


Bobby McFerrin recalls how Gershwin provided ‘the soundtrack of my childhood’

Bobby McFerrin’s signature hit, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” barely begins to define this inimitable singer. Indeed, to call him just…

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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…


James Levine returns to Ravinia next season for gala concert

For the first time in almost 25 years, conductor James Levine will return next season to the Ravinia Festival, where…


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…


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…


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…