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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]