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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.


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…


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…

10/12/10 10:06:05 PM  Symphony Center Presents 
Mariinsky Orchestra with Maestro Valery Gergiev
and solo pianist Denis Matsuev       

Rachmaninov  Piano Concerto No. 3
Shostakovich  Symphony No. 15

piano © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

SCP Orchestra series brings the world’s finest ensembles to Symphony Center

A few years ago, Gramophone magazine boldly presented its ranking of the world’s top 20 symphony orchestras. On that exclusive…

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway applauds Sarah Vaughan in song

Long a fan of The Divine One, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway offered an even more tangible homage to the great…


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…