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Does Music Have Meaning or Not?

Igor Stravinsky

Do you think music has meaning?

Music can move you; music can make you want to move. For most listeners, it’s a simple transaction. There are those who look deeper into our relationship to music, however, and wonder why it affects us so. Igor Stravinsky was one of them. Not always inclined to subtlety

David Robertson Puts Youth in Spotlight

Conductor David Robertson

On Monday evening, David Robertson returns to the Chicago stage, this time with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

There is the notion that some conductors work with youth orchestras while hoping to move on to professional orchestras – not so with David Robertson. He has the big career

Summer Migration, Payoff for Chicago

Harris Hall, c. Timothy Hursley

If you’ve ever seen a nature documentary about the Serengeti, you might have some sense of the migratory patterns of classical musicians. There are music centers, like watering holes, to which players journey in order to refresh, commune with others, and nurture the young. The Aspen Music Festival is one of those places. One only has to read the biographies of Chicago’s top musicians

Chicago’s Joan Harris to Receive National Medal of Arts

Joan

On Monday, July 28th, the President and First Lady will recognize Joan Harris for her tireless support of the arts. It was announced on Tuesday that she would be a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

The visage of Joan Harris is a familiar one around the lobbies of the Civic Opera House and Symphony

From Soviet Refugee to iTunes Favorite

YevgenyKutik2

When Yevgeny Kutik was a boy, his mother declared, “Enough.” She packed up her family and left the Soviet Union. There wasn’t any one reason. It was a series of reasons: Yevgeny was bullied in Kindergarten; she was laid off because her employers exceeded their “quota of Jews”; her older son had picked up racial slurs at school

Lyric’s New Opera (Just a Peek)

Lyric Opera Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis, c. Todd Rosenberg

Getting beyond “The book was better” – Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel “Bel Canto,” general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book.

Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of

Zukerman Chamber Players Recorded Live at Ravinia

Cellist Amanda Forsyth and violinist Pinchas Zukerman

Monday at 8:00 pm South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth grew up in Canada. Together with her husband, Pinchas Zukerman, Forsyth co-founded the Zukerman Chamber Players. They played the popular Archduke Trio and the Dumky Trio at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. That recital airs on Monday evening at 8:00 pm on WFMT. Beethoven and Dvořák more…

New York Philharmonic Remembers Maazel

Lorin Maazel conducting the Philharmonic in Central Park

In the summer of 1943, Lorin Maazel could be found conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra at Lewisohn Stadium on the campus of City College of New York. Other conductors on the summer series included Fritz Reiner, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, and Antal Dorati. Maazel was 13 years old.

Bach and Mexican Roots Music

Juan Rivera, c. Todd Winters

They’ve been nominated for a Latin Grammy award, featured on NPR and on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Sones de Mexico is making its rounds from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, but still calls Chicago home.

Conductor Lorin Maazel Dead at 84

Maazel

Orchestral musicians, opera singers, and fans around the world are mourning the loss of American conductor Lorin Maazel. He died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Castleton, Virginia, where the festival he founded is in full swing.