Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Brooklyn Rider

The envelope-pushing string quartet Brooklyn Rider comes to Mandel Hall Friday night for a venturesome program in the University of Chicago Presents series. The New York-based ensemble has recorded the complete quartets of Philip Glass and with its firm emphasis on contemporary music seems to be taking the mantle as this generation’s version of the Kronos Quartet. Brooklyn Rider will offer a characteristically far-flung crossover program from Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 1 in E flat, Op. 12, to John Zorn’s The Alchemist as well as the group’s own Almanac and Seven Steps plus Three Persian Miniatures by second violinist Colin Jacobsen. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. at Mandel Hall. 773-702-2787;


One can get a double dose of divadom Thursday night at Lyric Opera when Renée (creative consultant) Fleming joins forces with Susan Graham for a recital of French arias and chansons. The program will include such Gallic soprano-and-mezzo greatest hits as the “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and the Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann as well as songs by Debussy and Reynaldo Hahn. Performance time is 8 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Opera House.; 312-332-2244.

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