Articles by Adam Dahlgren

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

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