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Review: The CSO Under the Baton of Karina Canellakis Delivers the Goods

What kind of concert starts with an 11-minute introductory piece that ends up getting two ovations? A Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert that opens with Brio by Chicago-based composer Augusta Read […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: The Bernard Rands Effect Was Highly Effective

To celebrate the 88th birthday of distinguished Chicago composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands, the Spektral Quartet performed nine world premieres at Constellation on Pi day, Monday night, 3/14. […]

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Classical, Festivals, Music

Review: Ear Taxi Festival Delivers Day Long Excellence Despite Glitches

Ear Taxi Festival’s day-long series of concerts began Thursday at the Kehrein Center for the Arts in the Austin neighborhood and continued on Friday on the campus of DePaul University. […]

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Classical, Music, Previews

Preview: New Composition Center to Inaugurate Its First Concert Season This Saturday

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition opens its first ever concert season this Saturday when the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire offers performances of Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki, German composer […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Picosa Ensemble Gives a Spirited Performance of 225 Years of Music

Local chamber ensemble Picosa gave a spirited performance in the PianoForte Studio’s intimate South Loop setting on Tuesday evening. Formed in 2014, Picosa has earned a reputation of having a […]

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Classical, Music

Ear Taxi Festival Day 4: A Concert Not To Be Missed

  Day 4 of the Ear Taxi Festival (ETF) continued the excellence and excitement that had been ginned up in the previous days, but ended up in an especially spectacular […]

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Classical, Music

Ear Taxi Festival Day 1: Chicago’s Lively, Contemporary Sounds Come to Harris Theater

Nearly 400 enthusiastic admirers enjoyed day one of the Ear Taxi Festival (ETF) showcasing Chicago’s rich contemporary classical music scene. Wednesday’s excellent concerts were the first of six days devoted […]

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Classical, Music

Preview: Contemporary Classical Music Takes Center Stage at the Ear Taxi Festival

An underappreciated facet of Chicago’s rich cultural offerings goes on display next week when the first-ever, multi-day festival devoted to contemporary classical art music begins. For six days–October 5-10–the Ear […]

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