| Aug 17, 2013
| 7:49 AM
The final program of this year's Grant Park Music Festival contained two big works from opposite ends of the 20th century that looked to be strange bedfellows but actually complemented one other in unexpected ways. Each received appreciative attention...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Miguel Harth-Bedoya served as both the able conductor and enlightening tour guide for Friday night's unusual Grant Park Music Festival concert at Millennium Park, a lively and colorful multimedia journey down the Inca Trail.
His engaging sampler of...
| 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...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:07 AM
With few exceptions, Ravinia has not gone out of its way to provide exposure for young conductors who are making their way up the professional ladder and who have yet to become household names. Fortunately the Grant Park Music Festival and its principal...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Dana Hall's Black Fire: Chicago drummer-composer Hall continues his exploration into music of unjustly overlooked pianist-innovator Andrew Hill. 9 p.m. Tuesdays in September and October at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10 at 312-642-6805 or...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:22 PM
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Chicago's fall classical music season will be dominated by the year's big composer anniversaries: the birthday bicentennials of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and the centenary of Benjamin Britten. The...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:59 AM
After decades of complaints about the poor acoustics and dismal production values at Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival launches a new era on Thursday.
That's when the 35th annual event begins, with all outdoor performances unfolding in...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
In a single stroke, the Chicago Jazz Festival went from grunge to glamour over the weekend, thanks to a simple – and desperately needed – change of address.
For its first 34 years, the long-suffering, often cash-strapped event subjected...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:49 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival opened boldly on Thursday, raising the curtain on its new home, Millennium Park, and featuring some of the most visionary jazz artists this city has produced.
Though previous Jazz Festival concerts have unfolded...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
FISH CREEK, Wisc. – Chicago visitors planning a summer getaway to Door County – the scenic sliver of land separating the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan – have more to indulge their cravings than taking in the galleries and shops,...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:17 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival gets into full swing this weekend, with free shows at Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue.
Following is a guide to some of the most promising sets, plus a listing of after-fest sessions. For...