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The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman = a complete musical commitment

Anyone steeped in jazz history knows that the art form has always been a collaborative venture. Sure, there have been…


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.”…

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade in F Major, Op. 38
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Four Mazurkas, Op. 33
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Pollini returns to one of his greatest inspirations, the works of Chopin

Pianist Maurizio Pollini, one of his generation’s foremost interpreters of Chopin, returns over the next month to this great well…


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán gives a shout-out to its Chicago fans

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán sends a message (en español) to its fans in Chicago: “We are [the members] of Mariachi Vargas…


‘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….

Eddie Palmieri | Photo by Michael G. Stewart/NEA

Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri keeps the accent on excitement

Most of the Western world follows the Gregorian calendar but Eddie Palmieri adheres to what could be called the Jazz…


Max Raabe, nights in Berlin and afternoons at the Chicago Public Library (mit Fotos aus dem Konzert)

Earlier this month, Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester glided through their winter residency at Berlin’s Admiralspalast, the 1910 theater…

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…


How the multimedia work ‘Riffin’ and Signifyin(g)’ came together

The creative team behind Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds From the Black Metropolis — Riffin’ and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright’s Native…


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…

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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…