Articles by Adam Dahlgren

CSO Haitink Conducts an Alpine Symphony Review-Doing What Comes Naturally

CSO Haitink Conducts an Alpine Symphony Review-Doing What Comes Naturally Haitink's return to Chicago results in great alchemy in epic Strauss symphony, less so in Mozart concerto

CSO Ax and Tilson Thomas Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto and Sibelius 2 Review - Old Pros Don't Disappoint

CSO Ax and Tilson Thomas Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto and Sibelius 2 Review - Old Pros Don't Disappoint Two familiar headliners renew decades-long ties to Chicago, CSO with a brilliant presentation of two big-ticket masterpieces

CSO Denk Plays Bartok's Second Concerto - Power Rules the Day

CSO Denk Plays Bartok's Second Concerto - Power Rules the Day A supercharged orchestra accompanies a brilliant, idiosyncratic performance of Bartok's Second Concerto

Der Rosenkavalier at Lyric Opera Review-Lyric Does Justice to Strauss's classic

Der Rosenkavalier at Lyric Opera Review-Lyric Does Justice to Strauss's classic Impressive musicians, on the stage and in the pit, carry Lyric's revival of 'Rosenkavalier'

CSO Zukerman, Bach, and Mozart-A Modest Triumph

CSO Zukerman, Bach, and Mozart-A Modest Triumph Pinchas Zukerman leads the CSO and solos on two instruments, but notably plays second fiddle to CSO violinist in Bach concerto

Bychkov Conducts Brahms Review - Capucon Shines, Bychkov Provides Steady Hand For CSO

Bychkov Conducts Brahms Review - Capucon Shines, Bychkov Provides Steady Hand For CSO Brahms fest from CSO highlighted by intense interpretation of Violin Concerto and smooth offering of First Symphony

COT Lucia Silla Review-Early Mozart, More Artifact Than Masterpiece

COT Lucia Silla Review-Early Mozart, More Artifact Than Masterpiece COT's new season gets underway with insubstantial opera by teenage Mozart, aimed at a younger audience

CSO Pelleas et Melisande Review - Intensity and Beauty Come Through

CSO Pelleas et Melisande Review - Intensity and Beauty Come Through Debussy's operatic masterpiece receives its CSO premiere with great singing, orchestral playing

2015 Rush Hour Concerts Preview

2015 Rush Hour Concerts Preview Rush Hour Concerts return to Chicago for another season in 2015 featuring several different area performers and diverse programs

CSO Salonen Conducts Ravel-Off on the Right Foot

CSO Salonen Conducts Ravel-Off on the Right Foot CSO's Reverie and Passions festival gets underway with a great presentation of Ravel and Debussy, led by Finnish maestro

A Coffin in Egypt at Chicago Opera Theater Review - A Sad Life, and Other Cliches

A Coffin in Egypt at Chicago Opera Theater Review - A Sad Life, and Other Cliches An opera conceived as a vehicle for legendary American mezzo Frederica von Stade features an abundance of cliches but great performance from its lead

CSO Plays Brahms 3 Review-New Piece Brings Pleasant Surprise, Masterpieces Don't

CSO Plays Brahms 3 Review-New Piece Brings Pleasant Surprise, Masterpieces Don't A new composition from a young composer highlights an otherwise pedestrian rendering of two staples

Murray Perahia at Orchestra Hall Review-Perahia Brings Consummate Professionalism, As Expected

Murray Perahia at Orchestra Hall Review-Perahia Brings Consummate Professionalism, As Expected The acclaimed pianist returns to Chicago with a masterwork-filled program

Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Romantic Quartets Review - Breaking the Mold

Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Romantic Quartets Review - Breaking the Mold A program from Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society previews a new recording, defined by intense approach to piano quartets

Chicago Opera Theater Therese Raquin Review - COT's Latest Production Comes Stocked With Suspense and Horror Elements

Chicago Opera Theater Therese Raquin Review - COT's Latest Production Comes Stocked With Suspense and Horror Elements Chicago Opera Theater finds another hidden gem, an adaptation of Zola's "operatic" novel

Lyric Opera Tannhäuser Review-Professionalism Rules the Day

Lyric Opera Tannhäuser Review-Professionalism Rules the Day A rare production of Wagner's opera is distinguished by several great voices and exceptional music making by orchestra and conductor

CSO Plays Beethoven 5 & Schubert & Strauss Lieder-Goerne's Generous Song Review - Unusual CSO Effort

CSO Plays Beethoven 5 & Schubert & Strauss Lieder-Goerne's Generous Song Review - Unusual CSO Effort CSO performance of Beethoven's Fifth notable for ambitious song presentation by German baritone

Lyric Opera of Chicago Tosca Review - Violence Rules the Day

Lyric Opera of Chicago Tosca Review - Violence Rules the Day The Puccini favorite returns to Chicago, bringing few surprises in new World War-II set production

CSO MusicNOW There Will Be Blood Review-Avant-Garde MusicNOW Delivers Abundant Novelty

CSO MusicNOW There Will Be Blood Review-Avant-Garde MusicNOW Delivers Abundant Novelty CSO's MusicNOW explores new ground, goes unusual places with eclectic program

CSO Plays Beethoven 7 Review-Familiar, Never Ordinary

CSO Plays Beethoven 7 Review-Familiar, Never Ordinary A trio of fairly standard repertoire distinguished by lively interpretation at Orchestra Hall

William Tell Teatro Reggio Torino Review - Noseda's Gamble Pays Off

William Tell Teatro Reggio Torino Review - Noseda's Gamble Pays Off A superlative performance of Rossini's final opera, a rarely performed gem, showcases a lot more than its famous overture

CSO Plays Brandenburg Concertos Review-Kraemer's Lightness Carries it Off

CSO Plays Brandenburg Concertos Review-Kraemer's Lightness Carries it Off The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's presentation of all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos is a success thanks to its conductor's light touch

Beyond the Aria Review-Blythe's Charismatic Performance Carries the Day

Beyond the Aria Review-Blythe's Charismatic Performance Carries the Day A fine trio of vocalists headline installment of Lyric Opera/Harris Theater series, but star mezzo steals the show

Bella Voce Faire is the Heaven Review - All-British Choral Program a Winner

Bella Voce Faire is the Heaven Review - All-British Choral Program a Winner Renowned local ensemble serves up another winner in an impressive setting

London Philharmonic Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Rising Above the Material

London Philharmonic Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Rising Above the Material The fine London Philharmonic Orchestra, along with their star conductor, present a program headed by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich

Macbeth Met in HD Review-Packing a Heavy Dramatic Punch

Macbeth Met in HD Review-Packing a Heavy Dramatic Punch First Met HD broadcast of the season is Verdi's Shakespearean adaptation with the usual big-name cast

CSO Plays Mahler 5 Review - In a Pinch, Runnicles and CSO Make it Look Easy

CSO Plays Mahler 5 Review - In a Pinch, Runnicles and CSO Make it Look Easy A last-minute substitution doesn't faze CSO in a thrilling performance of Mahler's masterpiece

St. Charles Singers Perform Mozart Sacred Works Review - Lesser Known Choral Works by Mozart Illuminated by Local Ensembles

St. Charles Singers Perform Mozart Sacred Works Review - Lesser Known Choral Works by Mozart Illuminated by Local Ensembles A showcase of some of Mozart's earlier sacred vocal and orchestral compositions from St. Charles ensemble highlighted by enthusiastic music making

Music Institute of Chicago Gala Anniversary Concert Review - For MIC Anniversary Concert, a Pleasant Triumph

Music Institute of Chicago Gala Anniversary Concert Review - For MIC Anniversary Concert, a Pleasant Triumph The faculty of one of the area's prime teaching institutions opens their season with a diverse mixed program

Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater Review - Bloch's "Macbeth" Yet Another Found Novelty By COT

Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater Review - Bloch's "Macbeth" Yet Another Found Novelty By COT Chicago Opera Theater presents an obscure adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy with its usual striking production and consistently high musical values, but also with its usual troubling experimental aspects as well

Grant Park Music Festival Plays Dvorak and Beethoven Review-Hough's Virtuosity Highlights

Grant Park Music Festival Plays Dvorak and Beethoven Review-Hough's Virtuosity Highlights Grant Park Musical Festival rolls along, highlighted by British pianist's brilliance and fine interpretation of Beethoven's "Pastoral"

Appalachian Spring Rush Hour Concert Review-American Classical

Appalachian Spring Rush Hour Concert Review-American Classical Copland's best-known work plays in its original arrangement for the Chicago-based summer concert series

Grant Park MusicFestival Plays Romeo and Juliet Review-Berlioz, In All His Glory

Grant Park MusicFestival Plays Romeo and Juliet Review-Berlioz, In All His Glory A performance of a somehow undervalued work by Berlioz makes for one of the concerts of the year from the Grant Park Music Festival

CSO Britten and Shostakovich-A Persuasive Case for Britten Violin Concerto, Plus an Old Standby

CSO Britten and Shostakovich-A Persuasive Case for Britten Violin Concerto, Plus an Old Standby The concluding concert of the CSO's "Truth to Power" series features two great contrasting pieces from twentieth-century masters

Emmanuel Ax The Brahms Project Review:Ax Stakes His Claim to Top Interpreter of Brahms

Emmanuel Ax The Brahms Project Review:Ax Stakes His Claim to Top Interpreter of Brahms A Chicago recital by a top pianist, one leg in the "project" showcasing the works of Brahms and works inspired by it

CSO Plays Strauss Review-Pulling it Off

CSO Plays Strauss Review-Pulling it Off The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Strauss program highlighted by substitute performers and some standout soloists

CSO Plays Beethoven and Haydn Review-Strictly Classical, With Some Novelties

CSO Plays Beethoven and Haydn Review-Strictly Classical, With Some Novelties An all-classical program introduces new composers to the Chicago Symphony's repertoire

Elder Conducts CSO with Richard Goode Review - (Almost) Total Mastery

Elder Conducts CSO with Richard Goode Review - (Almost) Total Mastery A brilliant, diverse program from the Chicago Symphony, with a slightly disappointing solo performance from a top pianist

Salonen and Tetzlaff with CSO Review - Play It Loud

Salonen and Tetzlaff with CSO Review - Play It Loud One of the world's top violinists performs with the Chicago Symphony in a high-voltage program, conducted by the Finnish maestro (who brought along one of his compositions)

Chicago Bach Project St Matthew Passion Review - View of the Summit

Chicago Bach Project St Matthew Passion Review - View of the Summit Bach's masterwork, performed by a Chicago-based specialist in sacred works, is a performance which illuminates every detail of its singular content

CSO Muti Conducts Schubert and Elgar - Quiet Virtuosity

CSO Muti Conducts Schubert and Elgar - Quiet Virtuosity The Chicago Symphony's Schubert cycle continues with Schubert's great "Unfinished" and a lesser-known earlier cycle, in addition to a cello classic

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schubert and Schumann Concert Review-Masterworks Brought Down To Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schubert and Schumann Concert Review-Masterworks Brought Down To Earth A pairing of piano concerto and symphony, each among the best in its genre, in interpretations that help us look at the works in a different way

La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera Review - It's Rough Being Caesar

La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera Review - It's Rough Being Caesar If there's any opera neglected among Mozart's output, it's this one, and Lyric Opera of Chicago assembles some big names and others perhaps headed for stardom

Dutoit, Connesson, and Dufour at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Review-At an All-French CSO Program, With New Surprises (Even From Old Standbys)

Dutoit, Connesson, and Dufour at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Review-At an All-French CSO Program, With New Surprises (Even From Old Standbys) A program with a distinctly Gallic flavor featuring a flute concerto especially commissioned for the Chicago Symphony and a fine rendition of Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony

Ravel and Stravinsky at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Review - Instead of Big Portions, Smaller Plates

Ravel and Stravinsky at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Review - Instead of Big Portions, Smaller Plates Pierre Boulez, absent physically, spiritually presides over a de-centralized concert that incorporates several small pieces that explore a wide variety of musical ideas

Rusalka at Lyric Opera Review-Big Names and Big Promises, Delivered

Rusalka at Lyric Opera Review-Big Names and Big Promises, Delivered The Lyric Opera's first-ever production of Antonin Dvorak's opera is studded with stars who make us wonder what took them so long to stage it

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Plays Schubert Mass Review-Surprises Abound

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Plays Schubert Mass Review-Surprises Abound Riccardo Muti introduces an unheard Schubert Mass to Chicago, and a piece from a master Italian composer who makes a surprise appearance in person

CSO Night at the Movies Vertigo Review-Watching and Listening

CSO Night at the Movies Vertigo Review-Watching and Listening The Chicago Symphony Orchestra goes to the movies, accompanying one of cinema's all time-greatest films, a classic story of obsession and love

Chicago Sinfonietta Martin Luther King Day Concert Review-Joy and Inspiration

Chicago Sinfonietta Martin Luther King Day Concert Review-Joy and Inspiration A tribute to the life of Martin Luther King featuring musicians inspired by the civil rights leader

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Plays Bruckner Review-Fury and Intensity

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Plays Bruckner Review-Fury and Intensity CSO puts on a strong performance of a powerful piece well-suited to its strengths

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Shostakovich/Berlioz Review-Symphonie Fantastique in Extremis

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Shostakovich/Berlioz Review-Symphonie Fantastique in Extremis An exciting new soloist and an old favorite highlight a program at Symphony Center

Apollo Chorus Performs Handel's Messiah Review - Joyous Tradition

Apollo Chorus Performs Handel's Messiah Review - Joyous Tradition A Chicago holiday tradition, a performance of one of the most transcendent works of music in the canon

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performance of Mahler Symphony 9-The Work of A Lifetime Done Justice

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performance of Mahler Symphony 9-The Work of A Lifetime Done Justice One of the world's greatest Mahler orchestras gives that composer's magnum opus a sublime treatment

Parsifal at Lyric Opera Review-All Interpretations Welcome

Parsifal at Lyric Opera Review-All Interpretations Welcome Wagner's final opera, a madman's version of Christianity, is staged with the musical side securely taken care of, while the production seems to be approached with the intent of throwing everything at us and seeing what sticks

Eugene Onegin Met in HD Review-Formula For Success

Eugene Onegin Met in HD Review-Formula For Success Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece opens the Met's Season and its Live in HD season with an all-star ensemble in place

Mariinsky Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Stravinsky to the Limit, and Beyond

Mariinsky Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Stravinsky to the Limit, and Beyond Stravinsky's three greatest scores are presented together from one of the world's great orchestras and a conductor unafraid to give a controversial interpretation of them

Verdi's Joan of Arc at Chicago Opera Theater Review-A Chapter From History (Well, Not Really)

Verdi's Joan of Arc at Chicago Opera Theater Review-A Chapter From History (Well, Not Really) A rarely-performed Verdi opera staged by Chicago Opera Theater is a feast for the ears, bizarre for the eyes, and baffling to the mind

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park Review - A Generous Gift, But a Well-Appreciated One

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park Review - A Generous Gift, But a Well-Appreciated One A free concert from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a spectacular atmosphere attracts a huge, enthusiastic crowd

Armida Met Live in HD Review-A Treasure From the Vault

Armida Met Live in HD Review-A Treasure From the Vault A broadcast from the Met's first staging of a lesser-known opera by Rossini reveals a hidden gem.

Il Trovatore Met in HD-The Sublime and the Ridiculous

Il Trovatore Met in HD-The Sublime and the Ridiculous One of the most crowd-pleasing operas in the repertoire combines brilliant vocal music with an implausible, hackneyed melodramatic plot

Verdi Bicentennial Concert at La Scala-Another Side of Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi Bicentennial Concert at La Scala-Another Side of Giuseppe Verdi A concert held at Milan's La Scala opera house and transmitted to cinemas across the world showcases some slightly uncharacteristic orchestral work from the composer's early period

This House National Theatre Live Review-Toeing the Line

This House National Theatre Live Review-Toeing the Line A play about a tumultuous, dysfunctional British Parliament gives us a highly detailed look into the nuts and bolts of government but little insight into the whys of policy making

Giulio Cesare Met in HD Review-Putting Movement Into a Baroque Opera

Giulio Cesare Met in HD Review-Putting Movement Into a Baroque Opera A renowned director reinvents Handel's most popular opera with exciting results

Sergei Babayan Performs Goldberg Variations Review-A Performer Up to the Challenge

Sergei Babayan Performs Goldberg Variations Review-A Performer Up to the Challenge A great virtuoso performs one of Bach's great masterworks with astonishing results

Maria de Buenos Aires Review - Dance of Death

Maria de Buenos Aires Review - Dance of Death Astor Piazzolla's "tango opera" is given a new setting in an ambitious production at the Chicago Opera Theater

Lyric Opera of Chicago Rising Stars Concert-New Faces, Old Favorites

Lyric Opera of Chicago Rising Stars Concert-New Faces, Old Favorites The Lyric Opera showcased some of its young talent in an exciting concert of operatic showpieces

Lincoln String Quartet at Music Institute of Chicago Review-Never Satisfied

Lincoln String Quartet at Music Institute of Chicago Review-Never Satisfied A chamber group of musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra show off their talents in a challenging program

Dawn Quixote Review-Riding Into the Sunset

Dawn Quixote Review-Riding Into the Sunset An irreverent take on one of the most classic works of literature is the final production of Chicago's Building Stage theatre company

Somebody Up There Likes Me Review-Fountain of Youth, But Don't Drink

Somebody Up There Likes Me Review-Fountain of Youth, But Don't Drink A quirky, mannered comedy about the pitfalls of eternal youth provides some fun gags but doesn't add up to much

The Fifth House Ensemble at MCA Review-A Leap Into the Unkown, Together

The Fifth House Ensemble at MCA Review-A Leap Into the Unkown, Together A tight-knit group brings off three small-scale classical works with precision and grace

Parsifal Met in HD review-Rivers of Blood

Parsifal Met in HD review-Rivers of Blood Wagner's challenging final opera is presented in a new, present-set production by New York's Metropolitan Opera

Fall of the House of Usher Review-Ambiguity Abounding

Fall of the House of Usher Review-Ambiguity Abounding A new production of a Philip Glass opera is taken to new, often strange levels

City of Dreadful Night Review-Genre Identity Crisis

City of Dreadful Night Review-Genre Identity Crisis A confusing tribute to the film noir genre, with modern-day influences

Chicago Duo-Piano Festival 2013 Winter Mini Fest Review-Contrasting Styles, Surprising Harmony

Chicago Duo-Piano Festival 2013 Winter Mini Fest Review-Contrasting Styles, Surprising Harmony A showcase for a unique format from the Music Institute of Chicago

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West Review-Stylistic Patchwork

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West Review-Stylistic Patchwork Naomi Iizuka's play, an unusual stylistic mixture, a study of deception, set in 19th Century and contemporary Japan comes to Chicago

The Magistrate Review-A Victorian Time Machine

The Magistrate Review-A Victorian Time Machine A recent filmed transmission of a production from Britain's National Theatre revives a farce firmly steeped in Victorian values

Les Troyens Met in HD Review-Master Performance of a Masterpiece

Les Troyens Met in HD Review-Master Performance of a Masterpiece The Met successfully revives Berlioz's little-heard masterpiece

Aida at the Met Review - A Spectacular Opera, With a Cast to Match

Aida at the Met Review - A Spectacular Opera, With a Cast to Match A recent broadcast of 'Aida' by New York's Metropolitan Opera doesn't break new ground, but stands on firmly established ground with a strong cast

Un Ballo in Maschera Met HD Review-Opera Refuses To Stand Still

Un Ballo in Maschera Met HD Review-Opera Refuses To Stand Still The Met's new production of Verdi's opera brings new design, with mixed results musically and visually

Barrymore Review-The Joy of Acting

Barrymore Review-The Joy of Acting Christopher Plummer dazzles with a virtuoso performance as John Barrymore in a revival of his Tony-Award winning role from 1997 as the self-destructive thespian who was as much of a character in real life as on stage

Barrymore Review-The Joy of Acting

Barrymore Review-The Joy of Acting

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