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Injured pianist Andsnes cancels Chicago date; Lars Vogt to sub with recital of Brahms, Bach

Jan 14, 2019 – 9:45 pm
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This Just In: The following is a news release written by an arts organization, submitted to and edited by Chicago On the Aisle.
The Symphony Center Presents Piano series announces that Lars Vogt will replace Leif …

‘Year of Chicago Theatre’ celebrates enticing array of shows on area stages large and small

Jan 7, 2019 – 3:57 pm
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This Just In: The following is a news release written by an arts organization, submitted to and edited by Chicago On the Aisle.
The Chicago theatre community will ring in 2019 with major events, getting the …

‘Red Velvet’ at Chicago Shakespeare: A black Othello who shocked staid old Covent Garden

Dec 28, 2017 – 8:27 am
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Review: Covent Garden’s greatest tragedian has collapsed in the midst of his 1833 “Othello” run, requiring the theater to swap in a substitute for the traditional blackface role of the Moorish general who commits a crime of passion against his fair-skinned wife. Perhaps London might delight in the novelty of a 25-year-old “African” actor to save the day. Dion Johnstone stars in this emotionally charged drama – based on an actual event – by British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, who likes her humor dry. ★★★★

Joffrey Ballet will be resident dance company at Lyric Opera House beginning in 2020-21

Sep 22, 2017 – 11:06 am
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This Just In: The following is a news release written by an arts organization, submitted to Chicago On the Aisle.
Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet announced that Joffrey will become the resident dance …

Chicago Shakespeare set to unveil The Yard, flexible $35 million theater at Navy Pier site

Sep 15, 2017 – 3:14 pm
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens its new, innovative third theater on Navy Pier, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, …

Ravinia Festival creates role of conductor laureate for beloved leader James Levine

Apr 12, 2017 – 2:43 pm
James Levine (Cory Weaver)

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Longtime music director will renew his summer residency, conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and leading master …

At the Goodman Theatre, Leonard Bernstein’s musical ‘Wonderful Town’ starts busy season

Aug 24, 2016 – 3:04 pm
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2016-17 SEASON PREVIEW: The following is adapted from a news release submitted by an arts organization to Chicago On the Aisle.
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Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia star as two sisters leaving Ohio in 1935 to conquer New York City in Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town.” Here’s the Goodman Theatre’s complete line-up…

Chicago Sinfonietta scores two more seasons with music director Mei-Ann Chen thru 2018-19

May 18, 2016 – 9:07 am
Mei-Ann Chen (Chris Ocken)

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CHICAGO SINFONIETTA SCORES TWO ADDITIONAL SEASONS WITH MUSIC DIRECTOR MEI-ANN CHEN

CHICAGO (May 18, 2016)—Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra dedicated to pushing artistic boundaries, is proud to announce Music Director Mei-Ann Chen will continue leading the orchestra through its 2018-2019 Season, adding two years to her current contract and insuring her place on the podium for the upcoming 30th Anniversary season, 2017-2018. Chen will continue to conduct four out of five subscription concerts each season, as well as special added concerts. Recently named among Music America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers, she has …

CHICAGO WINE JOURNAL: With elegant 2014 Viognier, Darioush does a beauty one better

Jan 6, 2016 – 4:04 pm
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Tasting Report: One of the great pleasures of a visit to France’s Northern Rhone Valley is the luscious Viognier produced in Condrieu. I would have said it was matchless – until I had the equally happy experience of the Viognier from Darioush in California’s Napa Valley. The Darioush Viognier is a recent discovery for me. I first tasted it in the 2013 vintage – a lovely expression of white wine that in its combination of buttery depth and finesse evoked not only the Viognier of Condrieu but also the plush majesty of the top Chardonnays in Burgundy. And the newly released 2014 may prove to be even better.

CSO bassist Alexander Hanna, in solo light, finds singing voice in his grand instrument

Dec 21, 2015 – 6:23 am
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Vanhal Double Bass Concerto in D Major Featuring Principal Bass Alexander Hanna


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Review: Often forgotten but integral, the double bass is the foundation of the orchestra. Without its supportive heft, the majestic edifice of the orchestra would crumble, and the driving harmonic motion it provides would be lost. So it was satisfying and just to see this taken-for-granted but vital instrument move to the front of Orchestra Hall’s stage on Dec. 19 in the hands of Alexander Hanna, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal bass.

Six-fold thriller: Lincoln Center chamber group makes a grand sweep of Bach ‘Brandenburgs’

Dec 18, 2015 – 6:46 am
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Review: In a strictly transcendental sense, Bach being the quasi-divine figure that he is in the pantheon of Western art music, the traversal of his six “Brandenburg” Concertos by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on Dec. 17 at the Harris Theater, rocked.

Two sparkling treasures to stuff a stocking: CSO’s ‘Messiah’ and Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’

Dec 13, 2015 – 7:04 am
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Review: ’Tis the season when the mere names of Handel and Tchaikovsky conjure two of the most beloved works for concert hall and stage in Western culture. That affection radiates through splendorous continuing productions of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Orchestra Hall and the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theatre.

‘Genius’ at Profiles: Grappling with magical thinking and the harder part of being human

Apr 5, 2015 – 9:56 pm
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Review: The mystery of genius and the frailty of ego may only appear to be separate subjects. They fuse in complicated and absorbing ways in Kate Walbert’s deftly written new play “Genius” at Profiles Theatre – a world premiere that well may be Chicago’s theatrical sleeper of the season. ★★★★