Copenhagen carillonneur and composer charms at Rockefeller’s Bells of Summer
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
4d ago
For 58 years the carillon at Rockefeller Chapel has greeted summer and celebrated it with free concerts that highlight the majestic sound of bells. The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon is made up of 72 bells (and 100 tons of ..read more
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‘Manon Lescaut’ is a luscious musical treat from the Opera Festival of Chicago
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
2w ago
The Opera Festival of Chicago is now in its fourth year, and this summertime opera presenter has just completed three performances at the Cahn Auditorium in Evanston of “Manon Lescaut,” Puccini’s third opera and first success ..read more
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Daniil Trifonov electrifies the audience with the Bates Piano Concerto
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
1M ago
Mason Bates, a former composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), returned to Orchestra Hall last week to hear the first CSO performances of his piano concerto composed in 2020–21. It was composed for and dedicated to Daniil Trifonov, who ..read more
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Lesser-known English works shine at the Grant Park Music Festival
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
1M ago
The Grant Park Music Festival is now underway, celebrating its 90th season of free, open-air concerts. Last Friday was the first weekend concert of the year and it was a fascinating exploration of two lesser-performed English works: Elgar’s Violin Concerto ..read more
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'Before It All Goes Dark' is a powerful opera exploring identity and art
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by M.L. Rantala, classical music critic
1M ago
In 2001, when he was 53 years old, Gerald McDonald was a Vietnam vet plagued by Hepatitis C and awaiting a liver transplant. He eked by on disability payments, entertaining himself with raucous heavy metal music and cable television. Mac ..read more
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Summer beckons with a wealth of sun-drenched musical performances
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
1M ago
Summer is in the air and that means the summer music scene is right around the corner. This summer preview highlights some of the most interesting classical music and opera events scheduled to take place this summer ..read more
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Another evening of bracing music performed by the Grossman Ensemble
Hyde Park Herald » Music
by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
2M ago
If you crave a new musical experience, the Grossman Ensemble is ready to slake your thirst. This performing group, created in 2018 as the resident ensemble of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition (CCCC) at the University of Chicago, has ..read more
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‘Terra Nostra’ A splendid new oratorio by Stacy Garrop
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
2M ago
Chicago composer Stacy Garrop can be counted on to create music of interest. Her latest recording for Cedille, an oratorio entitled “Terra Nostra” (Our Earth), is a sensational 66-minute work exploring the relationship of humans to our planet ..read more
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A bracing performance by a young pianist for the Dame Myra Hess series
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by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
2M ago
Avery Gagliano is a pianist whose first prize performance at the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition — where she also won the Best Concerto Prize — brought her to national attention. Last week she was the guest artist at ..read more
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The Gateways Music Festival conquers Chicago
Hyde Park Herald » Music
by M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic
3M ago
In April of 2022, the Gateways Festival Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out performance. This was the first time in the history of this legendary venue that an all-Black orchestra performed there. Last week, the Gateways Music ..read more
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