Archive for May, 2009

Backer pulls funding, but Chicago Opera Vanguard will forge ahead with Turnage’s controversial “Greek”

Granted, opera isn’t always the most decorous of art forms, with …

May 31, 2009
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Conductor Labadie fails to strike sparks with CSO in monochrome Mozart and Haydn.

 After nearly fifty years of historically informed musical performance, the traits …

May 27, 2009
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No looking Bach with Angela Hewitt’s forward-looking “Goldberg” Variations

 Angela Hewitt takes a graceful walk across an empty Symphony Center …

May 25, 2009
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Turnage’s “Scorched” ignites Orchestra Hall in triumphant melding of jazz and classical

It was eighty-five years ago that a sleazy clarinet solo and …

May 22, 2009
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When musical worlds collide, politely

Under the energetic and imaginative leadership of artistic director Stephen Burns, …

May 20, 2009
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Haydn in plain sight

Felix Mendelssohn is clearly the most-honored composer of 2009 by virtue …

May 19, 2009
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COT’s fine cast and stylish staging can’t save Britten’s talky, turgid “Wingrave”

Commissioned by the BBC,  Owen Wingrave has a certain historical significance …

May 17, 2009
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Sibelius 5, Beethoven 2 in Vanska’s CSO program with Znaider

 In an age of internationalization, it’s almost become musicologically incorrect to …

May 15, 2009
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Sinfonietta closes season with aquatic theme, looks to the future

 The outward theme for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s season-closing concert was music …

May 12, 2009
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Chicago Opera Theater strikes sparks with post-Bizet “Carmen”

Peter Brook’s La Tragedie de Carmen is not your grandfather’s Carmen. …

May 11, 2009
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