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Prokofiev’s score for the film ‘Lieutenant Kijé’ ahead of its...

Sergei Prokofiev’s first film score, written in 1933 for one of the earliest Soviet sound features, is today one of the most celebrated of that era (more famous than, say, Max Steiner’s almost con...
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Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, a vivid paean to the revolutionary spirit

Dmitri Shostakovich lived most of his life with his head on a chopping block. Dating from Pravda’s infamous 1936 “Muddle Instead of Music” denunciation of his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk D...
Manfred Honeck | Photo: Jeff Swensen

Manfred Honeck, always searching for the new in the familiar

Since European visits by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra rema...
thaliahallcrop

Prague in Pilsen: Would Dvorák recognize Chicago’s bohemi...

In 1893, a parade kicked off at Ashland Avenue, heading east...
alicesaraott

Pianist Alice Sara Ott ‘still in the process of discov...

Less than two weeks after sensation Yuja Wang performs in Or...
Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste finds herself in an Illinois state of mind

Elena Urioste is enjoying an Illinois moment. The New York-b...
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Period-music maestro Nicholas Kraemer promotes ‘Bach w...

Unlike some conductors who lock onto their career paths as c...
Jeff Bridges (left) as the Dude and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" (1998).

Menthol madness! Music for a fistful of cough drops

The music world is buzzing about the upcoming “Classically...
mahler-detail

What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler̵...

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
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Warsaw in the Loop: stuffed cabbage and burnt scores at lunc...

It’s the IMAX of stuffed cabbage, filling my whole field o...