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One sign that spring has really and truly sprung hereabouts is the annual Bach Week Festival. This year's four-concert celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's music and related works marks an important milestone: the festival's 40th season. Programs will...
Once again the Grant Park Music Festival is taking the lead among local summer festivals when it comes to presenting eclectic combinations of popular symphonic and choral fare and more adventuresome classical music programming. And it's all free. The...
The first few years of Valentine's Day gifts are easy. Flowers, chocolates, a sweet or funny card — when love is new, so is everything that goes with it. But what do you give for your 75th Valentine's Day as a married couple? Carlyn and Irv...
No musical news story in 2012 drew greater media attention, inside and outside Chicago, than the strike that silenced the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 48 hours in late September. The cliffhanger was resolved just in time for the CSO to fulfill a...
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Stephen Fry was all of 11 when his grandfather played him a recording of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" Overture. For the boy who grew up to become a distinguished British actor on stage, in television and film ("Wilde," "Gosford Park"), it proved to be...
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Tribune music critics John von Rhein (classical) and Howard Reich (jazz/blues) each pick 10 shows you shouldn't miss this summer: Classical: “The Circus Princess” and “The Cousin from Nowhere”: Emmerich Kalman's three-ring...
POP MUSIC Greg Kot Chicago Rocks: This annual event has become the premier showcase for local independent hip-hop. Past performers have included Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest and Juice, among others, and this year's lineup includes veterans Crucial Conflict and...
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, its majestic billowing steel sails embracing the cityscape that cradles Chicago's newest civic treasure, Millennium Park, opened at long last with an inaugural gala concert Friday night. Officials feared showers would rain on...
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