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With his first classical concerto, Ramsey Lewis joins a new ‘In Crowd’

From Benny Goodman to Wynton Marsalis, musicians have famously commuted between the two realms of jazz and classical music. Meanwhile,…

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Pablo Heras-Casado  conductor
Alice Sara Ott, piano 

Boulez Figures-Doubles-Prismes
Stravinsky Four Studies for Orchestra
Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3
Debussy Ibéria

 © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

Pablo Heras-Casado, at home in any repertoire

Pablo Heras-Casado has been called the new “It” Conductor. At age 37, he has already won Conductor of the Year…


Rising conductor Rafael Payare bows at Ravinia with the CSO

Venezuelan-born conductor Rafael Payare, a graduate of his homeland’s famous El Sistema program, has been described as a rock star,…


James Conlon sets sail from Ravinia with ‘The Flying Dutchman’

Although Ravinia has hosted many Wagner concerts over the years, the festival has not presented a complete Wagner opera until…


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…


Ravinia’s 2016 CSO residency brings Levine, podium debuts and ‘Titanic’

Next season, the Ravinia Festival will mark the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual residency, and it also…


Wynton Marsalis trumpets connections in his concerto for Nicola Benedetti

Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis has worn many musical hats across his remarkable career. So the idea that Ravinia would…

James Conlon

For James Conlon, ‘the memories multiply’ when he assesses his Ravinia years

In looking back over my years at Ravinia, it is almost impossible to gather my thoughts in a linear fashion….


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….

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro and Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo (seated) in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," presented in March 2015 at Los Angeles Opera (and conducted by James Conlon).

‘Il Barbiere di Roma,’ or James Conlon Gets a Haircut

Along with being the music director of Los Angeles Opera and the Ravinia Festival (through this season), maestro James Conlon…


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…