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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Celebrates PIERRE BOULEZ's 90th BirthdayChicago Symphony Orchestra Celebrates PIERRE BOULEZ's 90th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) celebrates the 90th birthday of its Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez this month with several concerts that pay tribute to his life and work as a composer, conductor and mentor. The revolutionary and visionary musician turns 90 on March 26, 2015. (more...)

LA Opera to Present GREAT OPERA CHORUSES at Valley Performing Arts Center, 3/14LA Opera to Present GREAT OPERA CHORUSES at Valley Performing Arts Center, 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

LA Opera will present two free ?Great Opera Choruses concerts on March 14, with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon leading the LA Opera Chorus. (more...)

Tedeschi Trucks Band & Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Announce Summer TourTedeschi Trucks Band & Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Announce Summer Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Rolling across America on a sizzling summer run, Tedeschi Trucks Band's “Wheels of Soul” tour brings the Grammy-winning, 11-piece blues-rock dynamo together with soul sensation Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and acclaimed guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (more...)

Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger's newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème. (more...)

Schimmel Center to Welcome Anna Christy as Part of VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS Series, 3/8Schimmel Center to Welcome Anna Christy as Part of VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS Series, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

On Sunday, March 8 at 3pm, Schimmel Center at Pace University will present an afternoon with the powerhouse soprano, Anna Christy accompanied by pianist Ken Noda. (more...)

Tony Winner Patti LuPone Coming to MPAC, 3/21Tony Winner Patti LuPone Coming to MPAC, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Tony-Winning performer Patti LuPone takes the stage for an evening of Broadway favorites at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets are $49-89. (more...)

LA Master Chorale to Showcase World Premieres at Disney Hall, 3/8LA Master Chorale to Showcase World Premieres at Disney Hall, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

The 110-member Los Angeles Master Chorale continues its vital role of expanding the choral music repertoire when Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts two highly anticipated world premieres based on the theme of ascension by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and distinguished Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (more...)

Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. (more...)

Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske andEthan Heard, who trained together in the Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, are committed to nurturing the actor in every singer they work with. The company creates productions of classics and new pieces that are daring and visceral—productions that manifest the emotional grandeur and theatrical power of opera with minimal means. Heartbeat's one-act festival presentation of György Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments, directed by Heard, and the New York premiere of Jacques Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé, in a new English translation directed by Proske, marks this young company's debut. Heartbeat Opera's resident music ensemble Cantata Profana, described by The New York Times as “a stylish early music ensemble,” will provide musical accompaniment. (more...)

Auditorium Theatre, Ravinia Festival Co-Commission New Twyla Tharp WorksAuditorium Theatre, Ravinia Festival Co-Commission New Twyla Tharp Works
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

In a momentous co-commission, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and Ravinia Festival, will present two new works by world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp November 6 – 8, 2015. Celebrating 50 years of creating dance for both modern and ballet companies, television, Broadway and Hollywood, the program will be seen throughout North America during a 10-week anniversary tour to 15 cities, honoring Tharp's five decades of dance-making. The new works, each comprised of 12 dancers—many whom have worked with Tharp over the years—will have music by J.S. Bach, Henry Butler, Steve Bernstein and John Zorn. (more...)

Chicago Philharmonic to Present TASTE THE MUSIC with Visceral Dance Chicago, 2/15Chicago Philharmonic to Present TASTE THE MUSIC with Visceral Dance Chicago, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

The Chicago Philharmonic continues its 25th Anniversary Season, Celebrating The Senses, with the program Taste The Music, inspired by the sense of taste, on February 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Nichols Hall in Evanston. This concert is the third in the orchestra's 2014-15 subscription series dedicated to the five senses as expressed through music. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Writers Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Kimberly Senior. The show runs February 24 - June 28, 2015 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, 2015. (more...)

Hans Graf to Conduct Pianist Lise De La Salle with Houston Symphony, 2/20Hans Graf to Conduct Pianist Lise De La Salle with Houston Symphony, 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

HOUSTON (February 5, 2015) - Conductor Laureate Hans Graf returns to Houston on February 20-22, 2015, to lead internationally-acclaimed pianist Lise de la Salle in Graf Conducts Schumann where she will perform Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. (more...)

LACO to 'Discover' Mozart, 2/19LACO to 'Discover' Mozart, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical 'tour guide' for LACO's annual 'Discover' program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart's incomparable and deeply moving Requiem in D minor with special guests Alison King, soprano; Emily Fons, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, bass; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm, at Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding of Mozart's musical capstone and to appreciate the work with 'new ears.' Kahane, lauded for his 'eloquence' (The New York Times), explores a different work each year for LACO's annual Discover concert. According to LA Opening Nights, 'Some conductors are born educators, and Jeffrey Kahane is one of them.' Adding a special flourish to Kahane's introduction to the work are Antaeus Company actors John Sloan (Mozart ) and JD Cullum (Salieri). (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 28th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 28th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 28, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Musical television series abound! Also special nights for 'Allegro' and 'Reefer Madness,' that Dolphin show at Annoyance, Mercury's 'Addams Family,' a big children's premiere, the return of 'Option Up!' and a surprising, real live 'Beauty!' (more...)

CSO Receives 2 Million Dollar Gift from the Clinton FamilyCSO Receives 2 Million Dollar Gift from the Clinton Family
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

CHICAGO—Jeff Alexander, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced today that CSOA Trustee Bruce Clinton and his wife, Martha, along with members of The Clinton Family Fund, pledged $2 million to the CSOA to endow the Principal Timpani position in the Orchestra. The position, held since 2013 by David Herbert, will be known as The Clinton Family Fund Principal Timpani Chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (more...)

Michael Halberstam to Direct Definition Theatre Company's A DOLL HOUSEMichael Halberstam to Direct Definition Theatre Company's A DOLL HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Definition Theatre Company has announced the second show of its 2014/15 season, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Directed by Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, A Doll's House runs April 3 - May 3, 2015; the press performance is on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm. Performances are scheduled Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4:00pm at the Chopin Theatre (1543W Division Street). Tickets, $25, are on sale now at definitiontheatre.org. (more...)

The Music Theatre Company to Bring OSCAR & RICHARD & JOE to Ravinia FestivalThe Music Theatre Company to Bring OSCAR & RICHARD & JOE to Ravinia Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

The Music Theatre Company joins forces with The Ravinia Festival for a special one night engagement of OSCAR & RICHARD & JOE: An Evening About Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro on Saturday, January 31 at 8:30 pm at Ravinia Festival's Bennett Gordon Hall, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park, IL. Tickets for OSCAR & RICHARD & JOE are $10 and available by calling the Ravinia Festival Box Office at (847) 266-5100 or visiting www.ravinia.org. (more...)

Tenor Russell Thomas to Replace Brandon Jovanovich in NY Phil's Verdi Requiem, Conducted by Alan Gilbert, 1/15Tenor Russell Thomas to Replace Brandon Jovanovich in NY Phil's Verdi Requiem, Conducted by Alan Gilbert, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Tenor Russell Thomas will replace Brandon Jovanovich, who has withdrawn due to illness, in the New York Philharmonic performances of the Verdi Requiem, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The performances will also feature soprano Angela Meade (in her Philharmonic debut), mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the New York Choral Artists, directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

The Chicago Philharmonic's 25th Anniversary Season Features 'Celebrating the Senses', 2/15The Chicago Philharmonic's 25th Anniversary Season Features 'Celebrating the Senses', 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Chicago Philharmonic continues its 25th Anniversary Season, "Celebrating The Senses," with a program inspired by the sense of taste on February 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Nichols Hall in Evanston. This concert is the third in the orchestra's 2014-15 subscription series dedicated to the five senses as expressed through music. (more...)

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