| Jun 13, 2013
| 11:50 AM
On Jan. 16, 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman shook up the music world by bringing jazz unapologetically into a shrine of highbrow culture: Carnegie Hall.
That concert, with its spectacular solos and thrilling ensemble playing, has long since acquired...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 8:24 AM
Seventy-five years ago, a kid from the West Side of Chicago transformed the world with the sound of his clarinet.
In January of 1938, jazz musician Benny Goodman conquered Carnegie Hall and in August of that year performed the same mission at the...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:45 AM
The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:47 AM
Josh Groban, the multimillion-selling pop-classical artist, will make his Ravinia debut Aug. 10 with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.
Also making their first appearances at the venue will be David Byrne and St. Vincent, playing songs from their 2012...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:48 AM
A tribute to Benny Goodman, a double-bill featuring pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, and a return by singer Tony Bennett will highlight the Ravinia Festival's summer jazz offerings.
The jazz season will begin with musicians from...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Ravinia Festival music director James Conlon has extended his contract as music director of the Los Angeles Opera through the 2017-18 season, the company has announced. By that time the conductor will have been with the company for 11 seasons, a period...
| Feb 15, 2013
You know an interesting evening is brewing when it starts in Billy Corgan's Highland Park tea shop, with the rock singer/businessman holding forth with a hopeful conversation about bringing new cultural offerings to the north suburbs.
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Chicago music has long gone gaga over the Brits, and not simply because the city's two leading opera companies are, or were, run by thoroughly capable Englishmen – Anthony Freud at Lyric Opera and Brian Dickie, who retired last year after 13 seasons...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Choreographers often take opening-night bows, always a special moment, a chance for audience and artist to commune and revel in a bit of star-studded bonhomie.
But it will be unusually thrilling when John Neumeier takes the stage after the Hamburg...
| May 29, 2013
| 3:13 PM
The Ravinia Festival on Wednesday announced a new private lawn seating area for select concerts this summer. Dubbed “Lawncierge” and described as capturing “the feel of an outdoor VIP lounge,” the $185-per-person seating area is to...