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West-Eastern Divan soloists laud the ensemble’s special energy

Conductor Daniel Barenboim and author-scholar Edward Said organized an orchestra in 1999 that would bring together aspiring Israeli and Arab…

Reginald R. Robinson salutes an early influence, James Reese Europe

Chicago-based pianist-composer Reginald R. Robinson, a leading contemporary champion of ragtime, pays homage to one of the genre’s earliest originators…

The Soweto Gospel Choir sings for the cause of social justice

Fans of the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Grammy Award-winning South African choral ensemble, may think they’re just coming to hear an…

Pianists Stefanovich and Aimard, ‘reflecting the time we live in’

When Tamara Stefanovich appears with an orchestra, don’t expect the respected the Berlin-based pianist to play one of the standard…

Superstar Pinchas Zukerman believes in the collaborative process

In the classical-music world, Pinchas Zukerman has long been a solo superstar whose virtuosity is matched by only a small…

Icons front and center for the 25th anniversary season of SCP Jazz

For its 25th anniversary season, SCP Jazz Series once again will present the greatest artists of the genre, including Ahmad…

A socially conscious Terence Blanchard makes music his megaphone

Just recently, a man walked up to trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard after one of his performances. He told Blanchard…

Dee Dee Bridgewater pays homage to her roots with ‘Memphis’

Dee Dee Bridgewater had been making trips to Memphis to learn more about her family’s life before she was born….

With his mastery of Latin styles, Diego El Cigala remains ‘Indestructible’

Though hailed as the greatest flamenco cantaor of his generation, Spain’s Diego El Cigala cuts a wide artistic swath. After…

When it comes to the holidays, Symphony Center is the place to be

Sound the trumpets and ring the bells. It’s time again to celebrate the holidays with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and…