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At 75, Joan Baez still offering a message of hope with ‘Gracias a la Vida’

“Gracias a la Vida” is a signature song for Joan Baez. It’s often performed toward the end of her concerts,…


To pianist Igor Levit, Frederic Rzewski is the Beethoven of our time

Though many have never heard of Frederic Rzewski, fast-rising pianist Igor Levit considers him to be nothing short of a…


Cleveland’s Franz Welser-Möst believes ‘there’s nothing like competition’

Not that long ago, Franz Welser-Möst was the new kid on the block, after his appointment at just age 38…


‘Prairie Home’ host Chris Thile declares ‘I love this gig so much’

When Chris Thile returns to Symphony Center, he will appear in a new guise: host of the long-running radio show…


SCP Jazz Series salutes the genre’s greats throughout 2016-17

Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for…


For jazz bassist John Patittuci, it all sounds familial

When John Patitucci frames the story of how he became one of hottest bass players in the business, it’s a group shot, not a self-portrait. He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea. And now, with Wayne Shorter.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, München 2015

Mutterissimo! Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 40 years of performance

The international world of violin virtuosos has its up-and-comers, also-rans and middle-of-the-roaders, but Anne-Sophie Mutter has long remained one of…


At 85, Cuba’s Omara Portuondo remains at the peak of her vocal powers

Cuba’s Omara Portuondo, who’s affectionately known as “La Diva, La Reina and La Chica Mas Sexy,” always puts the accent…

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Home, marks a return to the Indian classical music her father, Ravi Shankar, taught her.

For Anoushka Shankar, a Symphony Center concert is like coming ‘Home’

Nearly 50 years after her famous father and guru, Ravi Shankar, first played Orchestra Hall as a soloist in October…


Jazz legend Wayne Shorter still going in unexpected directions

Wayne Shorter was reminiscing about his first gig in Chicago … 1959, at the Cloister Inn, with Art Blakey. June…


Yolanda Del Río recalls her influences, including Juan Gabriel

In the field of ranchera music, Mexico has produced many outstanding female vocalists: Lucha Villa, Amalia Mendoza, Lucha Reyes, and…