| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Dec 15, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Are we living in another golden age of jazz pianism?
Historians ultimately will decide, but there's no mistaking the breadth of keyboard sounds rumbling through the early 21st century, from Danilo Perez's buoyant Panamanian rhythms and Vijay Iyer's...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:32 PM
While Chicago's suburban orchestras continue their eternal quest for newer and younger audiences to replace a graying demographic, the fact remains that those orchestras are enjoying an artistic boom.
The talent pool of freelance players on which...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Why does the tiny island nation of Cuba rank as a kind of musical superpower, turning out colossal virtuosos who tend to dwarf their counterparts around the planet?
Some of the answers were on stage Sunday night at Symphony Center, where multiple...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:19 AM
True to its founding principles, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra continues to provide its North Shore constituency with varied programs that are lively but serious, accessible but substantial, conservatively yet intelligently planned.
| Sep 3, 2013
You know a jazz festival has ventured into unusual territory when Lupe Fiasco eases onto the stage.
That happened Sunday night as the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival was approaching the finish line, the Chicago rapper making an unannounced cameo...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:57 AM
The year may be drawing to a close, but not before two world premieres light up our stages.
That they originate from opposite ends of the musical spectrum – one from a master of age-old ragtime, the other from a fearless experimenter in new...
| Sep 23, 2013
Gratitude mixed with disappointment is one's immediate reaction to Chicago Opera Theater's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" ("Joan of Arc"), which opened Saturday night at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Chicago has not exactly built a reputation for being a world-class hub of art song performance and study. But this fall could bring about a sea change, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Nicholas Phan and friends.
In fact, the gifted American tenor will...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 7:08 AM
On YouTube, the 21st century version of vaudeville, a mess of huge talents and no-talents, new faces and "New Faces of 1952" alike, fill out a single, enormous bill for our diversionary pleasure and advertisers' prospective profits. People used to go...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
I heard rock 'n' roll's future, and its name is Headphones & Snowcones.
Let me explain. Saturday night, at the open-air venue at Northerly Island on Chicago's lakefront, the Chicago-based "jam band" Umphrey's McGee played one of its usual raucous...