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Christopher Rouse 1949-2019 – Sep 22, 2019

American composer Christopher Rouse has died at the age of 70, […]

Muti opens 10th Chicago Symphony season with whirlwind brilliance, and a piano warhorse blooms anew – Sep 21, 2019

The season-opening concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week also […]

Prepping for Beethoven 250 birthday bash: A selective CD guide – Sep 19, 2019

“After Beethoven,” Benjamin Britten famously wrote, “came the rot.” He had […]

Shanghai Symphony brings admirable playing, musical diplomacy to Wolf Trap – Aug 16, 2019

While American orchestras downsize and fold, the number of symphony orchestras […]

Goerne, Trifonov bring simpatico artistry to dark songs at Ravinia – Jul 31, 2019

One heartening constant in the wayward artistic fortunes of the Ravinia […]

Previn’s texty swan song gets royal treatment from Fleming and friends in Ravinia premiere – Jul 30, 2019

Perhaps no recent premiere of a big new American chamber work […]

Opera Theater of St. Louis brings brilliant fresh life to “Poppea”; “Rigoletto” hobbled by inept direction – Jun 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS – In ancient Rome, just as in today’s Washington […]

Opera Theater of St. Louis premiere is well crafted but lacking dramatic spark – Jun 19, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Revenge, so goes the adage, is a dish […]

Six octaves of separation in Chicago Symphony marathon with vying piccolo, bass trombone concertos – Jun 15, 2019

Thursday night’s reshuffled Chicago Symphony Orchestra program may have been something […]

Davies and Dunford provide a season highlight with Orphic program in Washington – May 16, 2019

The debut of countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford on […]