Critic’s Choice

Wed May 02, 2012 at 10:53 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

“The News” by JacobTV (above) will be presented at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday at the Park West. Photo; Mark van Vugt

Brace yourself for The News.

Created by Dutch avant-garde composer JacobTV, this electronic “reality opera” will be presented by Fulcrum Point at the Park West Friday night. The News mixes two live singers and nine instrumentalists with an array of sampled video speeches and dialogue from various news programs and talking heads in a free-form riff on media, politics and fame. Click here for a preview. Performances are 6 and 9 p.m. at the Park West. Go to or call 312-726-3846.

For those looking for a more traditional evening, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has returned from its tour of Russia and Italy, with Yo-Yo Ma featured in back-to-back programs. This weekend, Ma will be solo protagonist in Dvořák’s evergreen Cello Concerto. Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto will also lead the CSO in Moncayo’s Huapango and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.  Concerts are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.; 312-294-3000.

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