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Archive for January, 2010

CSO MusicNOW Boulez @ 85 show — oeuvres du maître et Borowski et Fujikura

Here is my Tuesday January 26 Chicago Sun-Times and review — with cuts for space restored — of the Sunday afternoon January 24, 2010, Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW "Pierre Boulez @ 85" concert at Orchestra Hall. Composers Johannes Boris Borowksi and Dai Fujikura. Monthlong Chicago Boulez celebration ends with a bang 85TH BIRTHDAY | more…

Out @ CHM

Andrew talks with architect and UIC architecture professor Sharon Haar and artist and UIC photography professor Doug Ischar about the idea of “queer space.” Haar and Ischar are the speakers this Thursday evening at the first 2010 Out @ CHM program at the Chicago History Museum on the subject of “Queer Spaces: Past and Present.”

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ‘Elixir of Love’ — a jolly time, a terrific debut

Here is my Monday January 25 Chicago Sun-Times and review of the Saturday January 23, 2010, opening night of Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. The ideal 'Elixir' ingredients OPERA REVIEW | Lyric blends a charming tenor and just the right soprano BY ANDREW PATNER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Through February more…

Earl Wild, lion of the piano — 1915-2010

According to his official website, the great American virtuoso pianist, teacher, and raconteur, has died at 94. "The great master pianist Earl Wild has died. "As reported by his long-time companion of 38 years Michael Rolland Davis, he passed comfortably in his home in Palm Springs California after a long illness. Cause of death was more…

CSO and Boulez: 85th birthday commemoration reaches a crescendo this weekend

Here is my Saturday January 23 Chicago Sun-Times and review of the Thursday January 21, 2010, Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert with Pierre Boulez conducting, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, and percussionists Cynthia Yeh and Vadim Karpinos. CSO celebration of Pierre Boulez reaches a crescendo Orchestra features his own work and others by Bartók more…

Civic Orchestra of Chicago — somehow the audience forgot to storm out from all that Webern

Here, with cuts restored, is my Tuesday January 19 Chicago Sun-Times and review of the Sunday afternoon January 17, 2010, Civic Orchestra of Chicago "Pierre Boulez @ 85" tribute concert conducted by David Robertson. I also include links here to the three recent New York Times reviews that I refer to in this review. more…

Maestro Pierre Boulez (Exclusive, Part 2 of 2)

Andrew presents the second of a new exclusive two-part conversation with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus and WFMT artist of the month Pierre Boulez. Mr. Boulez is leading programs of and being saluted all month by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall and on tour to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Carnegie Hall in New more…

U of C Contempo show — Rands piece swings, jazz players use their heads

Here is my Monday January 18 Chicago Sun-Times and review of the Saturday January 16 2010 University of Chicago Contempo annual contemporary music/jazz "Double-Bill" program, presented this year at the Harris Theater downtown, and featuring eighth blackbird, Susanne Mentzer, Cliff Colnot, Kenny Werner, and Chris Potter. Jazz meets contemporary classical at UC show Rands more…

David Robertson’s CSO Boulez tribute concert — Messiaen, Berg, and ‘The Rite of Spring’ — out of the park

Here is my Friday January 15 and Saturday January 16 Chicago Sun-Times review of the Thursday January 14, 2010, Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert with conductor David Robertson and violinist Kyoko Takezawa. Robertson brings 'jaw-dropping beauty' to CSO Boulez fête Violinist Kyoko Takezawa makes deeply moving downtown debut BY ANDREW PATNER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Repeats Friday more…

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ‘Tosca’ — second time’s the charm

Here is my Tuesday January 12 Chicago Sun-Times and review of the Sunday afternoon January 10, 2009, opening performance of the second cast of Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago. There are five more performances through January 29. Violeta Urmana and Marco Berti star in the new cast of Puccini's Tosca at Lyric Opera more…