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Levine creates a Mahlerian storm in triumphant return to Ravinia – Jul 25, 2016

As if the return of James Levine to Ravinia after 22 years […]

Benedetti, Chicago Symphony give Marsalis premiere impassioned advocacy at Ravinia – Jul 14, 2016

It’s a sign of the times that even at a summer escape […]

Gerstein brings distinctive artistry to Rockport program – Jul 12, 2016

Of the many genres in classical music, the fantasy, or fantasia, is […]

Emerson Quartet’s marathon Haydn program shines fresh light at Ravinia – Jul 07, 2016

In the universe of string ensembles, few American quartets have stood the […]

On a cool night, Grant Park Music Festival serves up cool Czech rarities – Jul 04, 2016

More than fifty years after his death, Bohuslav Martinů’s music remains inexplicably […]

Chicago Symphony goes back to the future, appointing Alex Klein principal oboe – Jun 26, 2016

Meet the new principal oboe. Same as the old principal oboe. The […]

New York City Opera shows renewed life with Catán’s “Florencia” – Jun 25, 2016

The reconstituted New York City Opera seems bent on silencing any doubters. […]

Muti, Chicago Symphony close anniversary season with majestic Bruckner – Jun 25, 2016

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary season is drawing to a close […]

Pianist Helmchen delivers fresh Beethoven in outstanding Chicago Symphony debut – Jun 11, 2016

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is not the first vehicle one would […]

Ax plays Beethoven with insight and the long view – May 03, 2016

Take an athlete’s reflexes, a singer’s way with a phrase, and an […]