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Classical Wed Feb 26 2014

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - March 2014

By Elliot Mandel

Big names and big works come to town this month in formats small and large. From Bach and Beethoven to Bruckner, hear music that celebrates every bit of life.

Murray Perahia
A towering figure among concert pianists of the last 40 years, Murray Perahia has performed on every major stage and with every major orchestra in the world. Don't miss his intimate recital at Northwestern's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program includes Bach's French Suite No. 4, Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata, and various works by Chopin. Tickets are $22 general, $10 students. Sunday, March 2, 7:30pm. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

CSO Chamber at Art Institute
Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was written while the composer was held captive in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during World War II. The premiere was given in the same camp with German guards sitting alongside the other prisoners. The work has become one of the most loved and beautiful pieces of 20th Century music. Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the Quartet along with music by Mozart under the Tiffany dome of Fullerton Hall. Sunday, March 16, 2pm. Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Chorale
Bruckner was a master of large-scale works, and his Mass No. 2 in E minor is every bit as dramatic as his symphonies. The Mass is based on ancient church music, using elements of Gregorian chant and Palestrina's Missa Brevis. Chicago Chorale also performs motets by Mendelssohn and Brahms. Tickets are $35 reserved, $25 general, $15 students. Sunday, March 16, 3pm. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn.

Music of the Baroque
Since its premiere in the late 1790s, Haydn's The Creation has remained one of his most popular works, one that Haydn himself considered his best. A large work for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, The Creation depicts the creation of the universe and the Garden of Eden in stunning musical imagery. Jane Glover conducts Music of the Baroque with soloists Elizabeth Futral (soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), and Christopheren Nomura (bass-baritone). Tickets are $27-$75. Monday, March 31, 7:30pm. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago.

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Programs, artists, and prices subject to change. Tickets subject to availability.

About the author: Elliot Mandel plays cello, attends lots of concerts, writes reviews, and takes pictures.

 

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