Tag Archives: Chicago Symphony

The Year Ahead: 2014-15 Season

I’ve been doing the musical equivalent of cave-painting this summer: writing music in blissful California isolation while my symphonic travels take their summer respite.  But that ends next week, when the 2014-15 season kicks off at the SF Symphony – … Continue reading

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Strange Creatures

I’ve got Joshua Bell surrounded — by a devil and a spaceship. Next weekend at the marvelous Sun Valley Symphony, I’ll happily be the peanut on the bill of a concert that features the reigning prince of the fiddle performing … Continue reading

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Classical Music’s Hidden Story

Sshh.  There’s a hidden story quietly exploding in classical music.  It’s the surprising evolution and adventurousness of American orchestras. You wouldn’t read this story in the pages of the leading newspapers and magazines, most of which are in New York … Continue reading

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No Rest for the Weary

Two water symphonies, a club show, and a fanfare.  That was last month. It began with an inevitability I’d hoped to avoid: going straight from a DJ gig to the airport to attend a symphonic rehearsal the next morning. Mercury … Continue reading

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How to Wallpaper Your Mind

October kept me as busy as a presidential candidate, dropping me into time zones scattered across the map like Fall foliage.  There was even lunch with Teresa Heinz Kerry, our almost-First Lady.  All I needed was a fake smile, a … Continue reading

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