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Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett re-energized the audience at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., on Oct. 27 after San Fermin's disappointing performance.

Metro audience thinks Barnett ‘clever cos she plays guitar’

November 3, 2014

With bubblegum-pop princesses dominating the airwaves, it is easy to forget about edgy female musicians such as Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth or Exile In Guyville-era Liz Phair, who only needed a guitar an...

Ahmad Jamal livens up Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 84

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

October 16, 2014

Ahmad Jamal may have been sitting behind a piano for more than 60 years, but he has been able to keep that half-century fresh and inventive. Jamal, now 84, opened the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Series on Oct. 10, showing the audience in his “second home” that he has still got it.After coming out on stage to an adoring crowd, Jamal took his place behind the Symphony Orchestra’s concert grand piano, joining his q...

Ahmad Jamal to light up Symphony Orchestra

Ahmad Jamal plays Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 10.

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

October 6, 2014

Ahmad Jamal, a jazz pianist who rose to fame in the 1950s, is playing Oct. 10 at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Jamal’s Chicago visit is one of a few U.S. performances he has pu...

Galahad brings combat to Columbia

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

September 15, 2014

The Renegades have added another team to their collective, bringing a new game and new opportunities to Columbia College. The organization, called Galahad, was established Sept. 2 under the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society, in which participants fight with foam-padded weapons while wearing medieval and fantasy-themed clothes and gear. Carleigh Fleming, a junior art+ design major student who started Galahad, said particip...

Noisy roots, new routes

Virtuoso guitarist Ryley Walker has hardcore punk and free jazz roots but in the last five years has expanded to folk music, weaving together an ethereal fingerstyle with organic improvisation. His debut solo album, All Kinds of You, is scheduled for release April 15. 

By Arts & Culture Editor

April 7, 2014

First known as an active member of Chicago’s chaotic noise-jazz scene, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Ryley Walker put aside his effects pedals in favor of the simplicity of his own voice and acoustic gui...

Mozart’s inheritance: Discovering the science behind child prodigies

By Opinions Editor

March 10, 2014

At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, most 11-year-olds are already in bed after an afternoon of soccer practice, homework and TV. Yerin Yang, however, is arched over the polished ebony surface of a Steinway piano in Palatine, Ill., intently studying a 50-page Chopin concerto and practicing for the chance to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Barefoot in her teacher’s softly lit studio, Yang moves her small hands acro...

CSO promotes discounted tickets in troubling times

By Emily Ornberg

November 12, 2012

According to an Oct. 17 article in the Chicago Tribune, the CSO has the most debt of all major symphonies in the country. With a projected deficit of $1.3 million for the 2012 fiscal year, approximately $373,000 more than FY 2011, the symphony could use a boost in sales.At its annual meeting Oct. 17, the CSO announced that it sold almost 382,000 tickets for 225 concerts, compared to 380,300 tickets for 212 concerts for the 20...

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