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When a ‘King’ ruled the world of jazz piano

When Jeff Lindberg needs a historic arrangement for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, he must start from original recordings. Lindberg, who…

Bugs and his pals back and better than ever for 30th anniversary program

As a conductor whose decades-long career includes performances with legends like Mikhail Baryshnikov and The Three Tenors, George Daugherty has…

Jordi Savall continues to advance the cause of the Iberian Baroque

When Jordi Savall graduated from the Barcelona Conservatory of Music in 1965, performances of music predating Mozart or Haydn were…

Mulcahy & Co. ready for their Super Bowl, the annual CSO Brass concert

Trombonist Michael “Mick” Mulcahy has played with the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three decades. While that in itself is…

Giancarlo Guerrero lives a tale of two cities: Nashville and Wrocław

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Good timing helped Giancarlo Guerrero land his music director…

Emil de Cou ready to ring in the holidays with ‘Merry, Merry Chicago!’

Conductor Emil de Cou isn’t quite sure what to do with the box of red sponge noses he recently ordered…

Superstar soloist Christian Tetzlaff remains devoted to chamber music

One of the classical world’s most respected violinists, Christian Tetzlaff has little if anything left to prove, but he maintains…

Beethoven used the piano as ‘an experimental lab,’ Kirill Gerstein contends

When Kirill Gerstein plays Beethoven, he makes a lot of decisions on the spur of the moment. Gerstein, an international…

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck avows: ‘What I aspire to is effortless mastery’

Béla Fleck has for decades been the world’s foremost banjo virtuoso, melding a variety of musical styles, performing in vaunted…

World-music trio remains devoted to ‘The Melody of Rhythm’

A decade ago, internationally acclaimed instrumentalists Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer collaborated on an album titled “The Melody…

Kent Nagano lauds the ‘unique Montreal sound’ of the OSM

A Canadian outpost of European culture led by an American visits Chicago this fall. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is “a…