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Archive for May, 2014

Vintage Recording on Tuesday Night Opera

SillsQueens

It’s one of those records the die-hard collectors clamored for: Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Beverly Sills, Eileen Farrell, Stuart Burrows and Louis Quilico. It was recorded for the ABC Audio Treasury series, and rapidly went out of print. Getting a copy of this performance became a status symbol among the opera-loving

21st Century Composers, Live

Chicago Composer Stacy Garrop

Within the space of one city block, lovers of new music will have a feast on Monday, May 5. Chicago composer Stacy Garrop kicks it off with a piece for two trumpets and piano, part of the First Mondays series at the Chicago Cultural Center with Chicago Chamber Musicians. Another pair of composers who are well-known to Chicago are Mason Bates and Anna Clyne. They are the curators of the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow series. Monday evening’s concert at the Harris Theater

“Unmissable” Bartók on Thursday

Peter Serkin

“Bach-like counterpoint, Gershwinesque swing, Mozartian grace, nostalgic Danubian waltzes”—these are qualities of the Bartók 3rd Piano Concerto that New Yorker critic Richard Brody heard for the first time last month. In the piece he calls “his obsession,” Brody’s illuminations came through the fingers of pianist Peter Serkin, who performed the Concerto with the New York Philharmonic