Articles by Adam Dahlgren

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

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