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Rachmaninoff Takes an Otherworldly Turn at Ravinia

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Library of Congress

Hear the broadcast Monday evening at 8:00 PM In a blog for Chicago Classical Review, Kyle MacMillan mused on Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, sometimes known as Vespers, the work “finds power in its inward profundity, hushed intimacy, and otherworldly beauty.” He goes on: “It offers Rachmaninoff’s updated yet tradition-minded take on the Russian Orthodox vigil, which more…

The CSO Introduces the First Muti Season: Indelible Impressions of the New MD

This past Thursday afternoon, February 25, I had the pleasure of accepting the Chicago Symphony’s invitation to its 2010-11 season announcement, with remarks from CSO Association president Deborah Rutter and from the orchestra’s new music director, Riccardo Muti. Maestro Muti is a compelling, eloquent, and humorous speaker: qualities all the more remarkable when I remembered more…