People pick their college for a lot of reasons beyond education. In Eli Winter’s case, one of the factors that persuaded him to choose the University of Chicago was the chance to engage with the city’s music scene. While growing up in Houston, Texas, the guitarist was particularly drawn to the way Chicago musicians from […]
Seven more doors into Chicago in Tune
Chicago in Tune is a difficult festival to describe, since it includes basically all live music happening in the city from August 19 till September 19. How that looks to you depends heavily on which shows are on your radar. The Reader has provided you with a number of assists: a show calendar spanning the […]
This week’s Frequency Festival finds points of contact between classical, jazz, and the avant-garde
The concert series booked by the Reader‘s Peter Margasak throws its second annual six-day festival of boundary-erasing music.
Gig poster of the week: Keeping time with Third Coast Percussion
This week’s gig poster was designed by local artist Dan Grzeca.
Friday: Christopher Taylor performs the Goldberg Variations
Pianist Christopher Taylor, an associate music prof at the University of Wisconsin, performs the Goldberg Variations on Friday at the University of Chicago. An opportunity to see the Goldbergs is always a treat, and Taylor is an outstanding pianist – his performance of Messiaen’s complete, immensely challenging “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus,” one of his specialties, […]
Classical Mondays 6/9-6/30
Lunchtime concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center.
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET AND ANTON KUERTI
The St. Lawrence Quartet, a Canadian group founded in 1989, has earned a reputation for spontaneity and informal persuasiveness. Their latest CD, of three Shostakovich quartets, stresses the music’s humanity; it’s less menacing than some recordings, and the playing–anchored by cellist Christopher Costanza, a former member of the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber […]
The NYT on NYCO
The New York Times discovers the difference between rock bands and classical orchestras.
Ali Akbar Khan
Ali Akbar Khan is the master of Hindustani classical music whose virtuosity on the sarod–a deep-voiced 25-string relative of the sitar (“The sitar is like a woman, the sarod like a male,” Khan explains)–has brought him recognition as one of the music’s greatest living practitioners. Originally from East Bengal (now Bangladesh), Khan emigrated to the […]