Category Reviews

Darkness Ascending – Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare

Teller and Posner, coming off their successful comedy The Tempest a few years ago, have returned to Navy Pier for their second Chicago Shakespeare Theatre collaboration, a tensely wicked and at times oddly humorous adaptation of Macbeth, running through June 24.  The play is staged at the newest addition to Chicago Shakespeare’s now three-stage campus, […]

Sunday at the Symphony

Marek Janowski guest conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra over the weekend in a program that included Weber, Beethoven, and Wagner.  Sunday’s was the final performance of the run, and I decided to check it out on a whim, securing an upper balcony seat around noon for the 3 pm show.  There was a pre-concert lecture […]

Chamber Mondays

Lyric soprano Laura Bumgardner was the Musicians Club of Women’s featured artist at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Chamber Mondays Concert today at lunchtime.  She was accompanied by Chao Gao on piano.  The soprano was delightful, filling the Tiffany dome with her soaring vocals and mesmerizing the crowd.  As usual, there was a decent turnout, independent […]

Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonatas

Sunday matinees at Symphony Center are becoming a bit of a weakness of mine.  This past weekend’s event was a recital by the legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida.  Recently, I’ve been investigating classical Viennese composer Franz Schubert, and coincidentally Dame Uchida was doing an all-Schubert program – three sonatas for solo piano.  It was the combination […]

Transcendent Etudes

Daniil Trifonov won the Grammy in the best classical solo album category this year for his two-disc recording of some of Liszt’s magnificent etudes for piano entitled Transcendental.  I was fortunate enough to see the young Russian play at Symphony Center last year, and, knowing nothing about him, instantly became a fan – his technique […]

The Minnesota Orchestra at Symphony Center

The first time I became aware of the Minnesota Orchestra and its long-time conductor Osmo Vanska was upon receiving its 2006 Grammy-nominated recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as a birthday gift from my father-in-law a few years ago.  The Minneapolis-based Orchestra’s recordings of Beethoven’s symphonies are considered extraordinary.   Indeed, the group has numerous Grammy nominations […]

A Lincoln Center Christmas in Chicago

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is a gifted group of over 150 world-class artists dedicated to performing and promoting chamber music.  Last night an ensemble from the group treated Chicago with a winter-welcoming special – The Brandenburg Concertos.  Michael and I had good seats for the magnificent performance at the Harris Theatre adjacent […]