In April, violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery was named the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Montgomery will split her time between New York and Chicago throughout her residency, which started July 1 and runs through June 30, 2024. She gave this interview while in town to prepare for the first concert of the CSO’s […]
Free admission to the Adler Planetarium, “Saturday Night Live: the Experience,” and more goings-on November 13-16
Earlier this year pianist and composer Vijay Iyer released Far From Over (ECM), a sextet recording whose sturdy but flexible originals reaffirm his jazz bona fides while Tyshawn Sorey’s explosive drumming fractures their swing. Iyer’s arrangements extract an orchestral splendor from the group he assembled for the album—Sorey, saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Shim, cornetist […]
Masterful composer, conductor, and thinker Pierre Boulez died in January 2016 at the age of 91 after decades of revolutionizing classical music and propelling it to radical new extremes. As a conductor he had a long, fruitful relationship with Chicago, beginning with a two-week subscription series leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1969, during which […]
The 80th birthday of minimalist pioneer Steve Reich occasions a year of tributes and reissues or performances of his work.
The Ear Taxi Festival presents more than 80 new works in its six-day tour of Chicago’s rich contemporary classical scene.
The program features compositions by the two jazz-bred composers, with the latter performing on her works.
New music, live and on disc, from Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina
The best shows to see Monday through Wednesday include MusicNow, Public Enemy, and Stacian
What’s on the Agenda for Monday, December 3, 2012