May. 13 2017

06/03/17 – Lucia di Lammermoor – 1pm

NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti Performed in Italian with projected English translations frontpage photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Overview “Impeccably passionate…her perfectly placed coloratura thrillingly seducing us with every expressive note… sublime acting and supreme singing.” – Houston Chronicle on Albina Shagimuratova If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed […]

May. 13 2017

05/27/17 – Das Rheingold @ 1pm – Lyric Opera of Chicago returns!

LYRIC’S NEW RING CYCLE. THE JOURNEY BEGINS. NEW PRODUCTION DAS RHEINGOLD by Richard Wagner Performed in German with projected English translations front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg “Owens’s portrayal is so richly layered that it may become part of the history of the work.” – The New Yorker on Eric Owens as Alberich in Das Rheingold […]

May. 13 2017

Emerging Romanticism

Romanticism is one of those useful umbrella terms that covers not only our personal predilections – candle lit dinners, happy endings – but also that great swath of artistic endeavor that embraced thinking, literature, art, and music from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. The first whispers of Romanticism came with the Sturm […]

May. 12 2017

How Brahms’s ‘A German Requiem’ Became an Anthem for Our Time

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A deeply personal work has been accompanied in recent concerts by reflections on mortality, the planet and the Syrian refugee crisis.

May. 12 2017

A Valiant Return to the Met Opera: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

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A new soprano’s arrival at the Met Opera and the return great baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were among the highlights.

May. 12 2017

Immortal Fingertips: Music Teachers Live On Through Their Students

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The death of a well-loved instructor leads a critic to reflect on how technique and style are passed between generations.

May. 12 2017

Toccata listings 5/12/17

On Toccata, early Scriabin, an organ sonata by Mendelssohn, and a remarkable piano concerto from WWII Russia.  Thanks for listening, and enjoy!   6:00 PM 42404 Alexander Scriabin Piano Sonata in e-Flat Naxos 8555368 SOLO Bernd Glemser,piano 20:14 C 1 6-8 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6:24 PM 47388 Felix Mendelssohn Organ Sonata in d Op 65/6 Argo 414420 […]

May. 11 2017

Classical Music in NYC This Week

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Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

May. 11 2017

National Symphony Orchestra names a new, unexpected artistic adviser

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Singer Ben Folds to take on a new role with the orchestra

May. 11 2017

Washington Chorus names new music director

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Christopher Bell, acclaimed conductor of Grant Park and Scottish choruses, will succeed Julian Wachner in Washington.

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