PostHeaderIcon Lyric Starts 60th Season Strong

Capriccio offers a witty, drawing room opera about the making of opera while Sondra Radvanovsky gives a commanding vocal performance as Anna Bolena at Chicago's Lyric Opera.

PostHeaderIcon Paris Goes Wild for CSO

A sweet twist of fate allowed Pauline, myself and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to all be in Paris last Saturday evening (Oct. 25). The idea of hearing the hometown band play in a different hall on tour plus hearing how Parisians … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Milwaukee Does Kandinsky Proud

Last week, I spent an invigorating, art-filled day in Paris and Germany but never left O’Hare. My partner and I drove to Milwaukee to view the Milwaukee Art Museum’s stunning exhibition on Wassily Kandinsky, one of the 20th Century’s most … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Vivian Maier: A Mystery Inside an Enigma

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

What began as a tantalizing mystery is now being transformed into an industry. I refer to the curious case of Vivian Maier, the reclusive, North Shore nanny who, since her death in 2006, has gained posthumous acclaim as … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Behind the Museum Doors

rijksp1010743In 2003, Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt’s iconic canvas, “The Night Watch”, along with priceless Vermeer paintings, closed for a total renovation of the 1885 building designed by Pierre Cuypers. Everyone was excited by the audacious new design by … Read more