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Mostly Mozart Orchestra

Gerard Schwarz, music director of both the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony, is one of the few young American conductors who specialize in eloquent interpretations of works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. A rigorous classicist in the mold of Bruno Walter, he knows how to shape a phrase and unfold the […]

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The Filmdome

THE FILMDOME Show Theatre Group at Victory Gardens Studio Improv theater can run the risk of becoming a semiprivate party, where audiences pay to watch actors play make-believe and hog all the fun. Audience requests represent an attempt to bridge that gulf; supposedly the suggestions give us a stake in the action. But in the […]

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Cold Heaven

Nicolas Roeg’s tenth feature–rather freely adapted by Allan Scott (who also produced) from a novel by Brian Moore–is characteristically portentous and provocative, beautifully edited and lyrically enigmatic. Roeg’s wife, Theresa Russell, who has starred in four other Roeg films, plays the adulterous wife of a doctor (Mark Harmon) having an affair with another doctor (James […]

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Waiting for Godot

WAITING FOR GODOT CT20 Ensemble at Cafe Voltaire It would be hard to imagine a place more hospitable to Samuel Beckett’s bleak worldview than the dark, gray, musty basement of Cafe Voltaire. Certainly the low ceiling, bare-bones lighting, and uneven concrete floor seem more congenial to Beckett’s work than some cheerful, clean, prosperous, expensively lit […]

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Kill my program: at Loyola, a philosophical fight over “special” education

In 1974 the U.S. Comptroller General released a report that said 60 percent of American children with disabilities were not being appropriately educated and one million were being excluded entirely from the public school system. In 1975 the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act was passed. It guaranteed a “free and appropriate public education” […]

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Grant Park Symphony Orchestra

The Grant Park Music Festival concludes its season with an intriguinmg sampler of unjustly neglected works by Latin composers. Brazil is represented by Heitor Villa-Lobos, whose Cello Concerto no. 1 sounds like Tchaikovsky but with a fiery Latin beat. Zesty dances from Alberto Ginastera’s ballet Estancia depict ranch life in Argentina. But the best represented […]