A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013:
Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish list called a Cultural Plan, including a 20-page executive summary and 24 pages of supplemental materials. Unfortunately, the contents were merely "suggestions for how to accomplish the recommendations, not a final to-do list of cultural planning in Chicago." Not a final to-do list? Why not? How about a one-page Cultural Plan that says simply and directly what will happen — and when?
Nurture music at
Reinvent cabaret at Ravinia. The
Save the South Shore JazzFest. Impresario Geraldine de Haas' great creation has drawn audiences to the South Shore Cultural Center one weekend each summer for decades, but in recent years the event has struggled. Last summer, with de Haas stepping back from producing the event, the festival was rescued at the last minute by the heroic last-ditch efforts Dr. Carol Adams, president of the
Make "Blues and the Spirit" an annual event. Every other year,
Bulldoze the Petrillo Music Shell. Never intended as a permanent facility, the weather-beaten stage and its attendant amplification offer mediocre sound at best, an unacceptable din at worst and a miserable concert experience overall. Certainly jazz, the most intimate of the musical languages presented here, is poorly served by the Petrillo. The emergence of the
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