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Recorded in the Martin Theatre August 3

Maxim Vengerov, violin Itamar Golan, piano Recorded in the Martin Theatre August 3 Elgar: Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op 82 Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1 in F Minor, Op 80 more…

Your High School Musical Memories


Heading back to school means auditions are coming up, rehearsals will be starting soon, and before you know it, you’ll be practicing music for a holiday concert even though it’s more…

10 Operas About Poisonous and Medicinal Plants

The Titan Arum plant (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, is seen in full bloom at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.  AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

As everyone is poised for the corpse plant at the Chicago Botanic Garden to bloom, why not enjoy some music about poisonous and medicinal plants? Operas would be a lot less more…

5 Women on Being Modern Women in Dance


The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, and Pam Tanowitz, Crystal Pite. I spoke with women from each of the five companies on the program about women’s roles in dance, both as dancers and as choreographers.

Barenboim and Berlin orchestra confirm Tehran concert plan


Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany’s top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital’s flagship opera house, the State Opera, “is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran by the Staatskapelle Berlin,” the house said in an emailed statement.

29 Composers and their Canine Companions


It’s National Dog Day! Have you ever heard the saying, “Behind every great composer is a cuddly canine?” No? Well these photos prove that every composer from Bernstein to Busoni had a four-legged friend as a constant companion.

Season Finale — Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

John Macfarlane, conductor; with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Grant Park, Lyric Opera, and Civic Orchestras.

Recorded in Bennett Gordon Hall July 20

Emerson String Quartet Recorded in Bennett Gordon Hall July 20 Beethoven: Quartet #16 in F Major, Op 135 Dvorak: Quartet #12 in F Major, Op 96, American

10 Reaction Gifs of Leonard Bernstein Conducting That You Never Knew You Always Needed

08 Jul 1970, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA --- Conductor Leonard Bernstein at the climax of Mahler's  symphony performed by the Boston Symphony in Lenox, Massachusetts. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

To many, Leonard Bernstein was and always will be the great American conductor. To commemorate this modern master, we’re looking back at some of Bernstein’s most performative moments in a postmodern way – gifs!

How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest


Pianist, composer, and improviser Gabriela Montero is speaking out against corruption in Venezuela, her home country, using the most powerful way she knows how: music. Montero spoke with me from Los Angeles about her political piano concerto, ‘Ex Patria,’ the role of music in politics, and more.