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Tribune music criticThe Chicago Symphony Orchestra has featured some unlikely soloists in its 110 seasons but, it is safe to assume, none as unlikely as the Little Tramp himself, Charlie Chaplin. With his trademark bowler hat and lopsided gait, the Little Tramp waddled...
Tribune music criticBy interesting coincidence, the first three Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription weeks this month are being conducted by two former music directors of the Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Lorin Maazel. To make the coincidence even more...
Special to the TribuneWhile playwright Stuart Flack was studying playwriting in New York City, his mentor Arthur Kopit (author of the Broadway hit "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad") gave him one of the most important lessons that he would ever learn as a writer: Get a day job. The...
Tribune Music CriticThe concept behind Pierre-Laurent Aimard's recital Sunday at Symphony Center was so pristinely simple that you wondered why other major performers haven't come up with it before him. Since so many leading composers of the 20th Century worked in small...
The Los Angeles Philharmonic opened the Walt Disney Concert Hall last week as though it meant it. That is a more striking notion than you might imagine. Concert hall openings are, not infrequently, debacles. These are complex buildings, and they are...
Tribune music criticMargaret Hillis, founder and director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, for many years toyed with the idea of forming an offshoot chamber choir that could perform the more intimate choral literature from all periods. But the idea went unrealized until...
Tags: Comedy (genre), Arts and Culture
Special to The TribuneSymphony II and maestro Larry Rachleff closed out their 1999-2000 season on as towering a climax as any orchestra could wish: Shostakovich's epic Symphony No. 7, the "Leningrad." This gigantic work was the composer's attempt to purge himself and his...
Tribune music criticThe program Ingo Metzmacher is directing this weekend for his Chicago Symphony Orchestra podium debut is stocked with so much interesting music that it would be a shame for people to stay away simply because those portions from the early and mid-20th...
Tribune music criticWe don't get to experience the intimate side of Dawn Upshaw's vocal art nearly enough in Chicago, partly because we lack a really suitable downtown venue for the song recitals that are the versatile American soprano's forte. Fortunately Ravinia has a...
Tags: John Adams, William Bolcom, Carl Sandburg
Tribune music criticThe temperatures outside Orchestra Hall may insist summer has already arrived, but Daniel Barenboim and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra still have three more weeks of subscription concerts to present before drawing a double bar on their winter season....
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