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Review: Kim Petras Feeds the Beast That Is the Aragon Ballroom

German Pop star Kim Petras has had quite the driven year so far. From releasing two albums, Feed The Beast and Problématique, to collaborating with the idolized rapper Nicki Minaj […]

Andrew Lagunas /
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Review: Jennifer Koh Gives an Emotional Performance of Bach and Beyond and Alone Together

In a compelling display of virtuosity and emotion on Saturday night, violinist Jennifer Koh gave a solo, homecoming performance at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. The […]

Louis Harris /
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Review: Pacifica Quartet Mixes Fun and Melancholy in Season Opener

Pacifica Quartet opened their 2023-24 season with an excellent concert at Hyde Park’s Mandel Hall on Friday evening. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, this year they are the Don Michael Randel […]

Louis Harris /
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Review: The Chicago Philharmonic Blends Classical Overtures with Exquisite Arias from Met Star Ryan Speedo Green

October is Chicago Artist Month, and our city is so fortunate to have what I call treasures with our arts institutions. One of our finest treasures is the Chicago Philharmonic, […]

Kathy D. Hey /
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Review: Music of the Baroque Brings Vivaldi to Life With the Help of Strong Voices

Music of the Baroque Orchestra and Chorus gave a wonderful performance of music by Antonio Vivaldi at Harris Theater on Monday night. In a program entitled Viva Vivaldi, MOB, under […]

Louis Harris /
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Review: Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter Bring the Jams at Space Evanston

What a pleasure to spend a misty autumn night grooving to Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter at Space in Evanston. I saw him at the Chicago Jazz Festival when he […]

Kathy D. Hey /
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Review: CSO Chamber Music Performs Works by Russian and Czech Composers on Sunday in Hyde Park

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music players took the stage at Mandel Hall in Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon and gave a good, but not great, performance of music by […]

Louis Harris /
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Review: Chai’s Overflowing Energy Revitalizes Thalia Hall

Japanese Pop band Chai made their way to Thalia Hall last Monday on their “We the Chai ” tour, for a rather intimate and animated show. I knew the lucky […]

Andrew Lagunas /
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Review: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Performs Fantastic Program of American-Inspired Music at Harris Theater

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center opened their season in a fantastic way at Harris Theater on Tuesday night. Based on an American-inspired theme, the program included well known […]

Louis Harris /
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Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers Find a Psychedelic Groove at Bottom Lounge

Touring in support of their new record Data Doom, LA-based psych-rock band Frankie and the Witch Fingers brought heavy riffage and a snappy atmosphere to Bottom Lounge. Fans of Ty […]

Patrick Daul /
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Review: Tank and the Bangas Are an Aural Delight with the Chicago Philharmonic

Tank and the Bangas are a genre of music unto themselves, so playing with the venerable Chicago Philharmonic was a further illumination of their poetry and music. The group is […]

Kathy D. Hey /
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Review: Under Brad Lubman, Grossman Ensemble Takes the Breath Away

It’s not often that a concert leaves me breathless, but that’s what happened when the Grossman Ensemble opened the 2023-2024 season at the Logan Center for Performing Arts in Hyde […]

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