“But seriously folks, is it really necessary that we have another performance of the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony?” Those are the words of Lawrence Rapchak, music director of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and it is just such an attitude that won the conductor and his orchestra the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s 2013 award for Programming of the Year.
It finally feels like spring, so it won’t be hard to imagine being in England’s green and pleasant land Sunday when the Evanston Symphony Orchestra presents “Music from the English Countryside.”
Cellist Wendy Warner will play Edgar Elgar’s glorious Cello Concerto, a work closely association …
There’s nothing like a homecoming. On April 19, Season 9 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze returns to Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. DeWyze, who previously played Viper Alley’s anniversary show in 2012, hails from Mount Prospect.
Forget the calendar. Summer runs from June 6 through Sept. 15 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, with more than 120 events, including more than 80 festival debuts.
Thirteen of Chicago’s finest musical theater professionals will sing some of their favorite songs under the direction of Dominic Missimi and music direction of Doug Peck. Sounds like a must-see show.
Though their longtime friends and associates REM have recently disbanded, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are still going strong as the Grammy-winning folk-rock duo Indigo Girls.
Anne Frank died at the age of 15 in a Nazi concentration camp, but her diary, left behind when she and her family were arrested in Amsterdam by German police, has made her name a household word.
“Did music bring them together? Does music keep them together? We do sometimes marry the people we meet at work, so it’s no surprise that musicians marry musicians.
John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath has been made into a full-scale opera by one of America’s most successful living songwriters, Ricky Ian Gordon.
Artemis Singers, Chicago’s lesbian feminist chorus, which takes its name from the Greek goddess of the hunt, will present a highly individualized concert Jan. 19 in Skokie.
Five young musicians will perform on a program with the 180-voice Brotherhood Chorale at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. They are all recipients of the Music Institute of Chicago’s William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund.
If it’s January, it must be time for the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Northwestern University. This is the 17th year chamber music fans will gather in the 989-seat Pick-Staiger Concert Hall alongside Lake Michigan, heedless of the wind and weather, to enjoy performances by local, national and even internationally acclaimed chamber musicians.
It’s not often that a singing society stands the test of time for nearly 150 years. But the all-male Normennenes Singing Society of Chicago — a chorus where most of the singers have roots in Norway — has done just that.
Good things come in small packages, they say, and recently, two delightful programs took place in sites off the beaten path. Parisian Salon Concerts The Parisian Salon concerts in the Northbrook Public Library have been produced the first Friday of the month by Didier and …
The past year has been a time of significant developments for the recording artist Matisyahu.
Born Matthew Paul Miller, he first made a name for himself by combining his Hasidic faith (a branch of Orthodox Judaism) with a potent blend of stripped-down reggae, beatboxing and …
David Schrader is the master of keyboards.
That’s right, he’s an expert on several of them, including the organ, the harpsichord, the Forte Piano and, of course, the modern piano.
Schrader’s specialty is Early and Baroque music, and he’s been soloist on organ and harpsichord …