He was one of the leading Polish conductors and composers of his time – but his was a time defined by brutality and oppression. For five years, Andrzej Panufnik’s homeland was occupied by the Nazis. Jewish Poles, Polish intellectuals, religious and political leaders were murdered; the Roman Catholic majority was classified as untermensch, inferior people. Polish property deemed
Friday, September 19, 2014 by Noel Morris
Update: 7:43 pm CDT
Friday’s crowd is estimated at over 20,000 people. Hundreds more are being turned away at the park entrance.
Riccardo Muti brings the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Millennium Park on Friday for a free, all-Tchaikovsky concert. It’s been four years to the day since Maestro Muti gave his inaugural concert in the park’s
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Noel Morris
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes a joyful noise this weekend, performing to capacity crowds. Riccardo Muti opens the concert season with four sold-out performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and a free Tchaikovsky concert at Millennium Park.
With orchestra and chorus declaring Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Noel Morris
Anyone who has seen Riccardo Muti catch air on the podium, might be hard-pressed to think of him as an old dog. Last spring, the youthful, now 73-year-old conductor demonstrated his willingness to learn new tricks: he led the CSO in his first-ever performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Noel Morris
The legacy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra received a boost on Thursday with the announcement of two multimillion-dollar gifts − among the largest in the orchestra’s history according to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Chicago-based Sam and Helen Zell
Friday, April 12, 2013 by Noel Morris
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu is not wanting for work these days. The morning after a triumphant finish at the Metropolitan Opera (he sang Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata) he boarded a plane to Chicago. As it turns out, getting from New York to Chicago is a lot easier than getting from Verdi to Bach
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Noel Morris
Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is in Chicago to sing the rarely performed Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Chicago Symphony. He sang the Verdi Requiem more…