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Conductor André de Ridder likes to push boundaries

Note: Due to the COVID-19 heath crisis, this concert run has been canceled. Tickets may be exchanged for other CSO/SCP…

‘Cavalleria rusticana,’ opera scholar declares, ‘just grabs you by the throat’

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana provides a visceral experience unlike many other operas, music scholar Alan Mallach contends: “It just grabs you by the…

Sir Andrew Davis extols the bond between Beethoven and Tippett

When Sir Andrew Davis was engaged as guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this season, already fixed on his…

Manfred Honeck brings a Pittsburgh tradition to Chicago

When Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2007, he introduced a holiday tradition: a program…

Violinist Ray Chen believes in building bonds through social media

For violinist Ray Chen, meet-and-greets with fans at intermission are a favorite part of his concerts and recitals. They are…

Leila Josefowicz thinks failing to play Stravinsky would be ‘a sin’

Always adventurous, violinist Leila Josefowicz took a big gamble 16 years ago when she decided to focus almost exclusively on contemporary…

Pianist Jan Lisiecki ‘enjoying every day’ of his charmed career

At just 24, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is experiencing a charmed career, and he’s thankful for his good fortune. “I’m…

Composer James Lee III remains ‘tonally centered’ for ‘Sukkot’

James Lee III has written dozens of works during his career, but none has drawn more performances and recognition than…

British soprano Sally Matthews calls her career ‘a natural progression’

Although Sally Matthews is a familiar figure on the European classical scene, performing regularly with the Royal Opera, Berlin Philharmonic…

With his latest premiere, Bernard Rands explores the nature of dreams

Superstar rocker Elton John and Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer Bernard Rands are not exactly musical soul mates. Along with being…

Edo de Waart, once a globe-trotter, prefers to stay close to home

After his Chicago Symphony concerts in December, Edo de Waart won’t have far to go home. For much of his…