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Preview: Bebel Gilberto and Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers/Ravinia

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On her current tour, New York-born Brazilian singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto is going in a completely different direction. Instead of playing familiar hits and a few new tunes, she is doing the opposite: most of the tunes on her recent sets have included tunes from “Tudo,” an album that has yet to hit stores as of this writing. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Maxwell/Ravinia

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While the so-called “neo-soul” trend of the mid to late 1990s has come and gone, many of the artists who were categorized by the genre (Erykah Badu, Jill Scott) have gone on to establish their own unique places within a music industry that still doesn’t quite know what to do with black artists that don’t do hip-hop. On the other hand, performers like D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill have spent the last decade at a professional standstill, struggling with personal demons and creative roadblocks.

And in the middle of it all is Maxwell. After his 1996 debut “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” established his reputation as both a songwriter and a sex symbol, the deeply private performer has been notorious for his long, mostly self-imposed hiatuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Cat Power and Rufus Wainwright/Ravinia

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For readers who have never been to Ravinia, this summer-long festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States and is an excellent excuse to pack up a car with a fancy dinner-and-table setup, then drive to Highland Park and drink wine under a summer sunset with your favorite people. Seriously, I saw Steely Dan last summer and there were people eating sushi with a full-out candelabra on their table. Overdo it and you’ll fit right in. Read the rest of this entry »

Music 45: Who Keeps Chicago in Tune 2013

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Cover by Colin Denney

Cover by Colin Denney

Music is alive and well and living in Chicago.

While that once might have meant records and radio and bands being signed to major labels, it’s a much more complex score these days, with artists and venues more entrepreneurial than ever. But at the core is the shift in emphasis from recorded to live music, and it’s a change that’s made Chicago a town of festivals, from the city’s bedrock blues, jazz, gospel and world music festivals, to Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, to the new electronic dance music festivals—Spring Awakening, Wavefront and North Coast—as well as the explosive growth of an old one, the Chosen Few DJs Picnic. With these shifts, the players are changing too; since we last made this list of the behind-the-scenesters, the power list if you will, most of the list has changed. This year’s forty-five include twenty-six folks who were not on the list that last time in 2009. (Brian Hieggelke)

Music 45 was written by Brian Hieggelke, Dennis Polkow and Kenneth Preski, with additional contributions by Dave Cantor, Keidra Chaney, Dylan Peterson, John Wilmes and B. David Zarley. See previous years here. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Puccini’s “Tosca”/Ravinia Festival

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Bryn Terfel

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It has been seven years since Bryn Terfel last sang in Chicago. The Welsh bass-baritone superstar has severely curtailed his American appearances and the Met has been his first priority when he does come to the States. This week Terfel makes his long-awaited return to Chicago at Ravinia, where he had several early career triumphs.

Terfel will sing the role of Scarpia in a concert version of Puccini’s “Tosca” with soprano Patricia Racette in the title role and Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra as Cavaradossi, with Ravinia music director James Conlon conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (not the CSO chorus, however, in another Ravinia cost-cutting move).

The title and most popular aria (“Vissi d’arte”) may belong to Tosca, but in many ways, this is Scarpia’s opera, and Terfel is known for his blood-curdling portrayal and for the way that he toys with Tosca and creates sadistic sexual tension with her. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Schumann Bicentennial & Richard Strauss/Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia

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Last week I received an email from a high-octane PR firm that primarily deals in rock and pop music with the subject line that “Renée Fleming to take on indie rock” at Ravinia. Hmm. Someone was confused, I thought, but then again, Sting showed up at Ravinia last week with the Royal Philharmonic, so anything is possible.

It turns out that yes, America’s reigning superstar operatic soprano has recorded an album called “Dark Hope” (Decca) which “finds her exploring a parallel universe via songs by Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Leonard Cohen, Death Cab for Cutie, Jefferson Airplane, The Mars Volta, Muse and others; the album debuted on the Billboard Top 200,” as the release explained. But unless Fleming is planning to do any of these as an unlikely encore for her Ravinia appearance, we will have to settle for her doing one of her signature art pieces, Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” with Christoph Eschenbach (spelled Eschenback in the pop release) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, doing these polished gems from late in Strauss’ life about life, loss and the inevitability of death as no one else can. Can the same be said for her “parallel universe” exploration of pop music? I have yet to hear, but generally speaking, there are good reasons that trained voices stay away from this stuff: neither the material nor the voices benefit. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Joe Cocker/Ravinia

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So you thought last year’s Police reunion, or a new U2 album, was nostalgic? Get ready for a fortieth-anniversary Woodstock “World’s Largest Lawn Party” at Ravinia with one of the most memorable of that legendary festival’s performers, Joe Cocker, minus the hair. A lawn party in 1969 would have had plenty of fondue and incense but Ravinia is providing more traditional fare such as hot dogs, cheeseburgers and a “selection of salads” from 5pm-7pm included in the admission price and a cash bar from 4pm-8pm. Of course, back in 1969, there were other things going on out on Ravinia’s lawn, but those involved aren’t talking because they can’t remember. Ironically, several acts that performed at Woodstock appeared at Ravinia in those years—some the very same summer and within days of appearing at Woodstock—but this represents Cocker’s long overdue Ravinia debut. Given the Woodstock theme, Cocker will be emphasizing his many hits that are most associated with that era. For reasons that are unclear, Wisconsin-based 1990s folk singer Willy Porter will open the show; was Joan Baez or Richie Havens not available? (Dennis Polkow)

June 28, Ravinia Festival, Lake-Cook & Green Bay, Highland Park, (837)266-5000, 7pm. $20-$50.

Preview: Indigo Girls/Ravinia Festival

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The recent events regarding the legality (or not) of same-sex marriage has clearly inspired some of the music on “Poseidon and The Bitter Bug,” the Indigo Girls’ first independent offering in two decades—a move that came after they left Hollywood Records (and the major-label game altogether) last year. “Fighting For The Love Of My Life” points an accusatory finger at the results of the passing of Proposition 8 in California while also celebrating the new revolution that has brought so much change for gay men and women around the country. Also, the R&B-esque “Digging For Your Dream” encourages listeners to incessantly fight for what they believe in. For their upcoming stop in Chicago, expect the set list to heavily showcase tunes from the new disc alongside favorites like “The Power of Two” (featured on the soundtrack of “Boys on The Side”), “Galileo” and “Closer To Fine,” which should be enough to keep oldies fans away from the concession stand. (Ernest Barteldes)

June 26, Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, (847)433-7983, $45.

Music 45: Who rocks Chicago’s music world 2009

Blues, Chicago Artists, Classical, Country, Electronic/Dance, Festivals, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Music 45, Pop, Rock, World Music 1 Comment »

featureIt’s the economy, stupid.

Not only has the music industry had to adapt to the growth of digital technology and file-sharing, now everyone’s broke and on the brink of fighting for food. This century has not been kind to record labels, record stores and record manufacturers, not to mention the promoters and venues who’ve seen some declines in business due to—you guessed it—the elevating economic crisis. Top that off with the threat of a Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger and a citywide Promoter’s Ordinance, and the fear is very much real. No matter how good the intentions are of all parties, there may not be enough room for the little guy for much longer.

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Review: Beaux Arts Trio

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  After fifty-two years of performing, the Beaux Arts Trio remains the measure by which chamber-music ensembles are measured not only in terms of longevity, but artistry as well. The group’s fiftieth anniversary two seasons ago was marked here by performances of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios was a bittersweet affair that looked back on the group’s legacy with both sadness and joy: Isidore Cohen, who had performed as the group’s violinist for twenty-three of those fifty years had died just before a grandiose celebratory recreation of the first concert that the Beaux Arts had performed at Tanglewood on July 13, 1955. Founding member and pianist Menahem Pressler was as sprightly and focused as ever, working wonderfully well with Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses who joined in 1998, and with British violinist Daniel Hope, who joined up in 2002. Pressler and Meneses communicate almost with telepathic ease and Hope is more integrated into the Trio than his most recent predecessor had been and together represented some of the most elevated live playing I have experienced from the Beaux Arts in two decades of covering them. The most significant chamber-music ensemble of the second half of the twentieth century is making its farewell performance tour with two separate concerts at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre: the first featuring Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio along with trios by Ravel and Gyorgy Kurtag and the second an all-Schubert program, signature music for this group to make its area swansong. (Dennis Polkow)

  

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