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Jun 19, 2024 – 12:08 pm

Review: Premieres in the classical music world are too often one and done – works that don’t gain enough traction to compensate for the tremendous amount of time and energy that goes into their incubation and mastery. But violinist Joshua Bell’s ambitious five-composer, five-movement violin concerto with epilogue, “The Elements,” which received its Midwest premiere by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on June 13,involved such a smart, systematic and widely collaborative approach that it would well serve as the blueprint for similar endeavors.

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 Karen Aldridge (left) with Stephanie Childers and James Vincent Meredith in "Clybourne Park." ( Photo by Michael Brosilow)

“Clybourne Park” at Steppenwolf. Bias on the block. 5 stars!