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David Polk

Don’t Miss This Party

Pianist, Conductor and Curator Marino Formenti

The presenters filled the Logan Square Auditorium with sofas, comfy chairs and lots of mood lighting. Participants were encouraged to listen to the music how they wanted; be it sitting, standing, walking around or lying down. It was a fun experiment in concertizing and listening. Besides the food pairings and lighting, however, what was just as unusual about this concert was the fact that the audience could interact with many of the composers

CSO Celebrates Mexican Bicentennial with free concert in Pilsen

Last night the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the inaugural performance at the brand new center for the performing arts at Benito Juarez Community Academy in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, which was officially opened earlier that day at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Daley and other city officials. The free concert celebrating Mexico‚Äôs Bicentennial was more…

Youtube Orchestra Debuts at Carnegie Hall

Review: By David Polk The debut concert of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra began Wednesday with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas updating an old joke: The new way to get to Carnegie Hall, he said, is to “upload, upload, upload.” The concert was the culmination of an online competition by which classical musicians from around the world more…