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Elgar the Kingdom

The Festival’s 2015 season comes to a thrilling close with Elgar’s epic oratorio The Kingdom, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists. Grant Park Orchestra Carlos more…

Why Composer Max Richter Wants to Put You to Sleep


Composer Max Richter wants people to doze off during his latest composition, SLEEP, which he calls an “8-hour lullaby.” SLEEP has its world-premiere performance this September in Berlin, Germany, coinciding with the release of more…

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Grammy® Award-winner and violinist extraordinaire James Ehnes returns for a fiery performance of Beethoven’s exquisite Violin Concerto in what promises to be a truly stunning evening. Grant Park Orchestra Carlos more…

VIDEO: Matthew Aucoin on his new opera “Second Nature”


Composer Matthew Aucoin, whom the New York Times called “operas great 25-year-old hope,” is about to premiere his latest work at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. His opera Second Nature was commissioned by Lyric Unlimited, a new initiative of the Lyric Opera of Chicago that brings opera to the community. I visited Aucoin during some of his final rehearsals for Second Nature at the Zoo, where we spoke about the opera and how he feels about the Wall Street Journal asking, “Is Matthew Aucoin the Next Leonard Bernstein?”

Here and Now 3

Music of Glenn Kotche, David Skidmore, and Augusta Read Thomas performed by Third Coast Percussion.

5 Salieri Operas You Should Know But Probably Don’t


Antonio Salieri. Poor Tony. Ever since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus, Salieri’s real historical rivalry with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been blown out of proportion. And why not? It makes for great more…

Recorded in the Martin Theatre July 28

Thomas Hampson, baritone Kevin Murphy, piano Recorded in the Martin Theatre July 28 Schubert: Excerpts from Schwanengesang Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Songs of A Wayfarer, Songs of Youth more…

Kent Nagano’s “Violent Shift from the Status Quo”


Orchestras are often content to maintain the status quo by programming the same handful of works in order to appease subscribers who like hearing the “greatest hits” of classical music. Not Kent Nagano. I spoke with Nagano, music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), about how he is trying to shake up the status quo with a new annual summer festival, Virée classique.

Cuban Pianist Frank Fernández on His U.S. Debut, Revolution, and Reconciliation


Internationally renowned Cuban pianist Frank Fernández has played in some 40 countries, but never the United States – until now. On August 18th, Fernández makes his long-overdue recital debut in the more…

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

After an impressive Festival debut in 2014, the award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform the ferociously technical Four Parables. Strauss’ monumental tone poem completes the program. Grant Park Orchestra more…