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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 —…


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.

Artist Kerry James Marshall, right, musician Dana Hall, left, and actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce are collaborating with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to present a piece based on the novel Native Son

Dana Hall takes on ‘Hypocrisy of Justice’ as a team effort

Published in 1940, Richard Wright’s novel Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old African-American who kills a young…


‘On the Waterfront’ docks in top 20 of latest best movies list

“On the Waterfront” (1954), which will open the 2015-16 CSO at the Movies series on Oct. 23, claims the No….


National Brass Ensemble blows Gabrieli’s horn for homage to iconic album

Among aficionados of brass music, one recording has attained near-legendary status: the unglamorously titled 1968 album “Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli.”…


Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project continues to expand its global impact

Since its founding 15-plus years ago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project has literally spanned the globe. The project’s shifting…

The Godfather Live

Three titles selected for next season’s CSO at the Movies

“On the Waterfront,” “Back to the Future” and “Hooray for Hollywood” will anchor the 2015/16 CSO at the Movies Series,…


Lineup announced for 2015/16 SCP Jazz Series

McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Chucho Valdés are among the artists booked for the 2015/16 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series. Now…


Let’s play two: Hilary Hahn hits her repertoire out of the park

Talk about double threats. Hilary Hahn is not only one the supreme violin virtuosos of our time, but she is…

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SCP Jazz Series
Dana Hall, Music Director/Drummer
Kerry James Marshall, Visual Artist
Cheryl Lynn Bruce scriptwriter
Wendell Pierce

Riffin' and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright's Native Son 

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Scenes from Dana Hall’s ‘Riffin’ and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright’s Native Son’

This year marks the 75th anniversary of novelist Richard Wright’s Native Son, one of the greatest works in Chicago’s rich literary history. To celebrate…


Sarah McLachlan looks forward to ‘Building a Mystery’ with the CSO

Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her folk-rock ballads “I Will Remember You,” “Building a Mystery” and “Angel.” But…