| Oct 13, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Riccardo Muti has received yet another award to put alongside the many he has amassed in the course of his distinguished career, this time from the Italian capital.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director has been honored by the Chamber of...
| 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.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Riccardo Muti had conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion twice before Thursday night but never in high definition.
The first time was the free celebratory concert in September 2010, when an estimated 25,000...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:54 AM
The delight the players of the Mariinsky Orchestra and their charismatic chief, conductor Valery Gergiev, take in presenting their native Russian symphonic repertory to American audiences has been palpable since their first joint appearance in Chicago...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Ever since he was earning acclaim as a young theater actor in Chicago, Harry Lennix has never rested on his laurels.
His strong work ethic has served the South Side native well over a career in which he's succeeded in theater, movies and on the small...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Riccardo Muti often has deplored stage directors who run roughshod over the intentions of operatic composers such as his beloved Giuseppe Verdi. There was no danger of that occurring at Saturday's long-awaited performance of Verdi's "Macbeth" by the...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:12 PM
This is the week when Riccardo Muti and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra take on the first big project of their monthlong homage to Giuseppe Verdi on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The music director, along with his orchestra, the Chicago Symphony...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:07 AM
Since Riccardo Muti took office at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has made it a tradition to perform a free community concert at the beginning of each season. The maestro did so again Wednesday night in west suburban Cicero, some 24 hours...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:25 AM
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera driving the Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial bandwagon, there nevertheless is room for other local organizations to climb on board.
Chicago Opera Theater is doing so, big time, this weekend, when it dusts...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:13 AM
Sooner or later Riccardo Muti had to take a break from all that Giuseppe Verdi.
Make no mistake, however: Neither the maestro nor his musicians are idle. Thursday night at Symphony Center, the music director brought his Chicago Symphony Orchestra down...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:25 AM
This article was excerpted and adapted from Chris Jones' new book. "Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics" (University of Chicago Press, 2013) is a collection of reviews of theater productions from "Rip...