Category Reviews

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 […]

Alexandra Switala at the Cultural Center

A week ago tomorrow was the latest free concert put on by the Musicians Club of Women at the Chicago Cultural Center.  The Club featured violinist Alexandra Switala, with collaborative piano by Inah Chiu.  The fact that Switala plays my instrument and the repertoire she chose made hers my favorite of the concerts in this […]

Mutter, Tchaikovsky, and Muti

When last I saw Anne-Sophie Mutter at Symphony Center, it was with her Virtuosi – they premiered a work by Sebastian Currier and treated the audience to a brilliant interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Last night’s concert at Symphony Center also featured the great German violinist – this time as part of The Chicago Symphony […]

Triumph: Schumann 2

Robert Schumann wrote four symphonies; until Saturday night I’d listened to none of them.  Since I have tickets for a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in less than three weeks that includes the second of the four, I’ve started doing my homework – Saturday night I listened to a performance by the great Vienna […]

Nyberg on Piano

This past Monday, August 28, was the fourth Monday of the month, the day the Musician’s Club of Women hosts its monthly concert in the Cultural Center’s magnificent Preston Bradley Hall.  This August concert featured Esther Nyberg at the piano.  Amongst many other accolades, Nyberg is the recipient of the Musician’s Club of Women Farwell […]

Bailey on Bassoon at the Cultural Center

  Vivaldi wrote 39 concertos for bassoon, a veritable treasure trove for aficionados of the instrument, according to Sandra Bailey, accomplished soloist.  One of them, the Concerto in A Minor for Bassoon, was the second of three selections Bailey played yesterday in one of Chicago’s most magnificent venues – the Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley hall.  […]

Oklahoma!

Earlier this year, two of my nieces had lead roles in their high school production of Oklahoma! – while I couldn’t be there in person, one of the performances was filmed, and I was able to watch it last night.  Prior to that, I’d never seen the show and really knew nothing about it except […]