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James Conlon is a born and bred New Yorker but sunny Los Angeles apparently agrees with him. The 62-year-old conductor has renewed his contract with the Los Angeles Opera for five more years, and will remain music director at least through the end of the...
Culture MonsterJanai Brugger is among the winners of this year's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The soprano is currently enrolled in Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program....
For the 5 Browns, a quintet of sibling piano virtuosos who will play Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Mussorgsky in Irvine, classical music skill is all in the family. Many parents dream of their children mastering a serious instrument — middle-class...
Culture MonsterThe talk of the theater world this summer is whether the production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" at the Kennedy Center has a life after Washington....
Culture Monster-- Distant traveler: Scientists have determined that an ancient skeleton buried near Stonehenge in the U.K. came from the Mediterranean area. (BBC News) -- Abstract expressionist: The Pace Gallery said it has won the rights to the estate of artist......
Culture MonsterConductor James Conlon will be staying on as music director of the Los Angeles Opera at least through the end of the 2012-13 season, the company said Monday. His contract was set to expire at the end of the current......
Culture MonsterOn a dreary, gray day in March 2008, choreographer Bill T. Jones spoke to a small group of well-wishers in the home of businesswoman Desiree Rogers on Chicago???s Near North Side. Jones took the floor to discuss his assignment to......
Culture MonsterReporting from Santa Barbara Our new president's interest in the lore and legacy of Abraham Lincoln is not exactly a state secret. So when the most prominent and perennially controversial black choreographer on the planet makes a full-evening work about.....
Sometime in the next few weeks, if you're walking down Fullerton Avenue around DePaul University and have 15 minutes to spare, duck into the tidy brick building alongside the CTA station. Here you will find the DePaul Art Museum, an institution so...
With one opera (Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco”) wrapping up its 2013 season in September, Chicago Opera Theater has announced its schedule for 2014. Once again, general director Andreas Mitisek is venturing off the beaten track to...
While Cal Tobin was an architect by trade, he also became the figurative architect for Highland Park's downtown — helping reinvent and reimagine the city's most crucial business district. Tobin, who spent 15 years on the City Council until 1991,...
For a man who has traveled the world, actor and musician Gary Sinise hasn't forgotten his Highland Park roots. His efforts to honor our nation's troops and veterans have taken him from Singapore to Italy. And yet, Sinise gets a big kick whenever he...
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